Our thoughts are with the Troyer family during this difficult time. Austin Powers star Verne Troyer has died at 49 years old, TMZ reported. The actor — who was best known for his role as Mini-Me — passed away just two weeks after he was hospitalized for being drunk and suicidal.
Verne's team took to his official Instagram page to announce his death and to share a tribue to Verne's memory. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the statement read. "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."
Earlier this month, a friend called the police and said Verne had been extremely upset during his suicidal incident, according to TMZ. The 49-year-old was quickly transported to the hospital for alcohol poisoning and is currently under a 72-hour evaluation. Prior to his death, Verne had been struggling with alcohol addiction for years and checked into rehab almost exactly one year ago.
"As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day," he said at the time. "I want to thank everyone that’s reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me. With your support, I got this."
In 2002, Verne nearly died from alcohol poisoning. A few years later, he was also accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend Yvette Monet, who received a restraining order against the 2-foot-8-inch actor. "I have moved on, [but] he keeps emailing me, calling me and texting me awful messages like 'I hope God is with you'... Calling me names like hooker," she wrote in court documents. "He will not stop. I've asked him more than 10 times to leave me alone... He said that he won't stop because he doesn't want me to see anyone else. I'm afraid for my life."
Verne got his big break after starring as Dr. Evil's mini-me in the comedy trilogy. He has also appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Scrubs, and Two and a Half Men. He is currently set to appear in the upcoming comedy The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane alongside Daniel Baldwin and Krista Allen.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.