Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ dead at 49 - MRCAESAR.COM


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ dead at 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday, according to a post to his Instagram account. (GETTY IMAGES)
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for portraying Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” trilogy, has died. He was 49.
The actor struggled for years with alcoholism, as well as depression, according to a post on his Instagram account Saturday confirming his death.
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the post read.
“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much."
A cause of death was not revealed.
Earlier this month, Troyer was hospitalized after his friends called 911 saying the actor was drunk and suicidal. He was reportedly held for 72 hours for an evaluation, according to TMZ. According to the gossip site, Troyer was on some form of life supoprt since the earlier hospitalization. 
The news came about one year after Troyer checked himself into a rehab program to try and overcome his struggles with alcoholism.
On his Instagram account, the post said, "you never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside.
"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the post read. "Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help."
Troyer was recently baptized as he carried on through this difficult time, according to the post.
The actor has battled alcoholism for years and nearly died from alcohol poisoning in 2002.
Troyer suffered from achondroplasia dwarfism, which was the cause of his 2-foot-8 height, making him one of the shortest men in the world. He grew up in Sturgis, Mich., and graduated from Centreville High School in Michigan in 1987. 
Troyer portrayed Mini-Me, the sidekick to Mike Myers' character Dr. Evil, in the 1999 film "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and the 2002 flick "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
He was briefly married to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen for less than a year in 2004. In 2006, he appeared on the reality series "The Surreal Life" where he was often shown intoxicated. 

The actor has made sporadic appearances in films and TV shows since "Austin Powers" and had upcoming roles listed in the 2018 film "Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks" and "The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane." 

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