Written By | Christine Burroni
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” series, died on Saturday, according to a statement posted on his Instagram page.
He was 49.
“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.”
Troyer’s height — two feet and 8 inches — was due to his longtime diagnosis of achondroplasia dwarfism.
Earlier this month, the actor and comedian was hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning, a year after he was in rehab.
“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 social media announcement further explained the side effects of depression and urged followers to raise awareness of suicide. The announcement didn’t specifically state the actor’s cause of death and Troyer’s rep declined to comment further.
The statement concluded by asking for donations to Troyer’s two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.
Troyer was married in 2004 to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen and was most recently linked to actress Brittney Powell. The actor was also known for his roles in “The Love Guru,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Postal,” along with various stints on reality TV shows.