On Saturday, April 21st, a spokesman for the Austin Powers star, Verne Troyer, who was best known for his portrayal of Doctor Evil’s (Mike Myers) sidekick, ‘Mini-me‘ in the 1999 film, reported that the actor had died at the very young age of 49.
The actor’s spokesman read the following statement, “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 … 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.“
The actor’s spokesman went on to address the battles which Troyer faced and dealt with in life, “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.”
Apparently, a friend of Troyer’s called the authorities on the night he was admitted to the hospital, saying that the actor was “extremely upset, drunk, and suicidal.” However, it also seems as though the Los Angeles Coroner’s office is now, in fact, investigating the star’s actual cause of death. A spokesman for the Coroner’s office said, “Verne Troyer was admitted to the hospital with a high level of alcohol in his system, where he passed out and became unconscious and he passed away. His body was turned over to the Coroner office. They did an autopsy on Verne and determined they needed additional testing, which is why the case has been deferred pending toxicology.“
Troyer’s Austin Power’s castmate Mike Myers had this to say of his costar, “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”