Approximately six months after Verne Troyer, the Austin Powers alum, passed away, Radar Online reports that he died due to extreme alcohol intoxication.
The LA Medical Examiner-Coroner released a statement, publicized by Radar, indicating that the actor, most famous as “Mini-Me,” died due to a “sequelae of alcohol intoxication.”
The coroner ruled that his death was actually a suicide. As you may know, Verne passed away on the 21st of April, this past year. Mr. Troyer went to the hospital from his North Hollywood home to a Van Nuys hospital for a medical emergency on the 3rd of April.
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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
Verne struggled with alcohol for many years before he died, and spent multiple periods of his life in rehab. Most people know Verne as “Mini-Me,” in Mike Myers’ Austin Powers saga.
Troyer portrayed the miniature version of Dr. Evil, dressed up in grey pants and a matching grey coat, along with a shaved head and a scarred eye. Verne isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity to struggle with alcoholism.
Ben Affleck has also battled the illness for over twenty years, first entering a rehabilitation clinic in 2001, again in 2017, and once more in 2018.
Many experts argue that alcoholism is an under-discussed disease, due mostly, because of its socially acceptable status in society. However, the illness wipes out thousands of people a year, including in traffic accidents, suicides, and alcohol-caused illnesses.
In past interviews, Mike Myers spoke on Verne’s death, stating that he missed his fellow actor a lot. Mini-Me was featured in every installment of the Austin Powers franchise, with the exception of the first, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery.