Austin Powers star Verne Troyer dead aged 49

Lawrence Kim
April 22, 2018

Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out".

Verne Troyer, famous for playing the character of Mini Me in Austin Powers, has passed away at the age of 49.

According to a family statement on his official Facebook page, the actor was struggling with "his own battles.But unfortunately this time was too much". Be kind to one another.

Among early tributes, the actor Marlee Matlin tweeted that Troyer had "a lovely smile with a caring and big heart, he helped raise money [for Starkey Hearing Foundation] for free hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing people".

A cause of death was not given, though the post noted that Verne had recently faced a "time of adversary" and referenced an ongoing internal struggle.

The Troyer family statement added that "Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately", the statement said. Evil's small clone in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), starring Mike Myers. The Instagram post also touched on his battles with depression. The report states that Troyer had fought "his own battles" some of which he won, but the post says his recent struggles were "too much".

Troyer has been frank about his struggles with alcohol addiction, which was documented by VH1's The Surreal Life in 2005.

The family also asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Verne's name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.

A statement on his Instagram Saturday afternoon said Troyer, who was admitted to hospital last week when he was drunk and suicidal, has struggled with depression and alcoholism. On April 3, Troyer was reportedly rushed to the emergency room after police responded to an emergency phone call reporting an alleged poisoning.

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