Actor Verne Troyer, most famously known for his appearances in the Austin Powers films as Mini-Me and The Love Guru, has passed away at the age of 49. On Saturday morning, a post was made to his Facebook saying, “It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.” As of this writing, a cause of death has yet to be announced.
Troyer was hospitalized earlier this month after friends called authorities about the comedic actor’s behavior. According to an article from the L.A. Times, authorities arrived at Troyer’s home on April 2nd, but paramedics were soon called for “unspecified medical aid.” A person was then taken to the hospital and all further questions about said patient were then directed to the mental evaluation unit at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Soon after the event, posts on Troyer’s social media begged for prayers and well wishes for his recovery.
A dedication was posted to his Instagram page earlier this weekend, “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.” It continued on, “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.”
Verne Troyer was most well-known for his portrayal as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, but he also played Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He has a popular YouTube channel, Verne Troyer, where he posted skits, cooking videos, and Q and A sessions. Through his drive and determination to succeed “[Troyer] also touched more peoples’ hearts than he will ever know.”
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