Verne Troyer, Known as Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers,' Has Died at the Age of 49

April 21, 2018

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Verne Troyer, the actor who was best known as Mini-Me in two of the Austin Powers films, has died. He was 49 years old. 

No cause of death was immediately released. 

Troyer had battled alcoholism for several years. 

He was taken to the hospital earlier this month, according to a report from TMZ. They say that the 49-year-old actor was drunk and suicidal at the time. He was also being treated for possible alcohol poisoning. 

The actor, who was reportedly 2 feet, 8 inches tall, played the role of Mini-Me in both Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Verne's family announced his passing on social media today.

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. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

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In today's statement, his family addressed Verne's battle with depression.

"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," the wrote. 

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  We have additional resources available on ImListening.org