Report: Actor Verne Troyer passes away at 49

KC Orcutt

 // Apr 21, 2018

Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his iconic role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, has reportedly passed away.

According to TMZ, his family confirmed the news that the beloved entertainer died Saturday afternoon (April 21). He was 49.

Verne Troyer

Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, making him one of the shortest men in the world at 2'8". He previously spoke about his genetic disorder, explaining that his family never treated him differently than his average-sized siblings.

While the cause of death has not yet been revealed, Troyer struggled with alcoholism and sought treatment at various rehab centers over the years, as well as battled depression. He reportedly was taken to the hospital earlier this month after a health scare, with TMZ reporting he was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Troyer appeared in a variety of films throughout his decades-long career, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Men in Black, The Love Guru and more.

REVOLT TV sends its condolences to Verne Troyer's friends and family during this difficult time. See their statement confirming the sad news, below.

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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