Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as “Mini-me” in the Austin Powers film comedies, has died. He was 49 and no cause of death was revealed.
He reportedly had been hospitalized on life support after being remanded by police earlier this month upon friends reporting that he was inebriated and suicidal, according to TMZ. He was eventually treated for alcohol poisoning.
Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, a genetic disorder, and was considered one of the smallest people in the world. The 2 foot, 8-inch actor nevertheless carved out an acting career, but struggled with alcoholism, making numerous trips to rehab in his battle with the disease.
A Facebook posting on his official account confirmed his death:
It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.
Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.
He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.
Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.
During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately.
Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.
Troyer was briefly married to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen for less than a year in 2004.
His film resume includes a brief appearance as Griphook the Goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and has roles upcoming in the 2018 film Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks and The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane.
Troyer has also appeared as “The Boss” in advertisements for gambling site Bgo.com.