Austin Powers star Verne Troyer aka 'Mini-Me', dies at 49

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Verne Troyer arriving at Best Buddies Miami Gala 2015 - Getty images


  According to statements via his social media account, Verne Troyer, who played to role of Mini-Me in Austin Powers' movies, has died at the age of 49.

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh," a statement posted to his social media said. "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 every day."

TMZ reports that Troyer — who was born with achondroplasia dwarfism — had been hospitalized and on life support since earlier this month. Troyer who was open about his struggle with alcohol had checked into rehab facilities for years. This time he was hospitalized due to alcohol poisoning. 

“He was baptized while surrounded by his family,” his family added in a statement.

Our condolences go out to Verne's family, friends, and supporters. His comedic role as Dr Evils son in Austin Powers movie is how I was introduced to his work, since then I've been a fan.  

 If you, or know of anyone who needs help with alcoholism, Michigan.gov website offers a list of treatment centers for professional help.


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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