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Tragic Austin Powers star Verne Troyer’s death was suicide through alcohol abuse, rules LA coroner

AUSTIN Powers star Verne Troyer’s death was suicide, a coroner in Los Angeles has said.

The actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the spy comedy franchise, had openly battled alcoholism and died aged 49 in April.

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The 49-year-old actor passed away in April

Verne was 2ft 8in tall after being born with a condition called achondroplasia dwarfism.

He spent the final three weeks of his life in hospital in Los Angeles for alcohol intoxication.

Following an autopsy and further tests, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said on Wednesday Troyer died on April 21 from the effects of alcohol.

They ruled his death was a suicide.

 He was most famous for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies

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He was most famous for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies
Mini Me Verne Troyer performs ‘Just the two of us’ withMike Myers’ Dr. Evil in iconic Austin Powers scene
 The actor appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 when it was on Channel 4

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The actor appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009 when it was on Channel 4

As well as Austin Powers, Troyer, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, starred in films including Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone and Men In Black.

Following Troyer’s death, tributes flooded in from fellow celebrities.

American glamour model Carmen Electra shared a snap of the two of them on Instagram in which she can be seen holding Troyer in her arms.

The Baywatch actress simply posted “R.I.P Verne Troyer” along with the image.

West Wing star Marlee Matlin took to Twitter in the wake of the news, describing him as having a “lovely smile with a caring and big heart”.

Singer Vanilla Ice and American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth also posted images of themselves with Troyer following the news of his death.

 He appeared next to Britney Spears at an awards ceremony

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He appeared next to Britney Spears at an awards ceremony
 He became internationally famous for his reality television appearances

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He became internationally famous for his reality television appearances

The star’s family had confirmed the news earlier this year with a statement on his Instagram page.

They wrote: “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.”

Mini Me Verne Troyer wrestles Mike Myers in classic scene from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
 Verne was well known on the celebrity circuit with friends like the Kardashians

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Verne was well known on the celebrity circuit with friends like the Kardashians
 Verne presented at the 2008 MTV Movie awards with P Diddy and Lindsay Lohan

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Verne presented at the 2008 MTV Movie awards with P Diddy and Lindsay Lohan
 He appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Christmas film Jingle All The Way

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He appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Christmas film Jingle All The Way

The statement went on: “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.”

Verne Troyer gets told off for ramraiding the diary room door on Celebrity Big Brother

They added: “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.”


If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.


 

 

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