Verne Troyer, the actor who gained worldwide fame playing the character of Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at the age of 49.
While details are not yet clear, it appears suicide may be involved, as the statement posted to his official Facebook page (included below) seems to allude to that. TMZ, however, says he was on life support, so he may have been hospitalized at the time.
Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We’d been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.
Verne’s family says during the recent adversity, “he was baptized while surrounded by his family.”
He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.
Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings.
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.
It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write thatVerne passed away today.Verne was an extremely…
Here are two classic scenes featuring Troyer from the “Austin Powers” movies.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Verne Troyer’s friends and family.