Actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Lawrence Kim
April 23, 2018

Actor Verne Troyer, who was famously known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" franchise, died at the age of 49. His family's statement did not give a cause of death but it added: "Depression and suicide are very serious issues".

Earlier this month, Troyer was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles but his team did not say what he was suffering from. Evil in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember".

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Troyer has worked in various movies like Austin Powers, Bubble Boy, Wishmaster and many others.

The statement called Verne an "extremely caring individual", saying: "He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh".

Mike Myers is remembering his Mini-Me. Both hero and villain were played by Myers, who also put Troyer in his 2008 film "The Love Guru". "It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place".

Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in MI he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings. "He will be greatly missed", Myers said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly on Saturday.

Troyer's acting career began in 1994 as the stunt double in Baby's Day Out, and he went on to star in such films as Jingle All the Way, Men in Black, My Giant, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Bubble Boy and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude.

"Even though his stature was small. he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined", it said.

Troyer, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 and had stints on Celebrity Juice, was recently baptised while surrounded by family.

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today", his family posted on his Instagram account, noting that he was recently baptized.

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