Verne Troyer, Austin Powers actor, dead at 49

Verne Troyer, who famously starred as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, died on Saturday. He was 49.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” a message published on the actor’s Facebook page reads. “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, who struggled with alcohol addiction, had been hospitalized in recent weeks. A statement posted to Instagram at the beginning of April noted he was “getting the best care possible” and “resting comfortably.”

The Facebook statement acknowledges “his own battles,” adding, “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,” it continues. “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 ……

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