‘Austin Powers’ Star Verne Troyer Has Died At Age 49
The actor Verne Troyer, widely known for his role as Mini-Me in Mike Myers’ Austin Powers movie, has died aged 49.
Actor Verne Troyer, who rose to international celebrity as Mini-Me from Mike Myers’ Austin Powers series, has been pronounced dead at the age of 49.
According to his official Facebook page, a statement was posted describing him as “an extremely caring individual”. “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement said. “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,” the statement continued. “Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reac 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 inmagined.”
“He also touched more people’s hearts than he will ever know [sic].”
TMZ reported that he was allegedly on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops received a report that he was drunk and suicidal. He was later treated for possible alcohol poisoning. His family said that he was “baptized while surrounded by his family.” Born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average- sized siblings.
Verne’s Hollywood career began in 1994 as a stunt double for “Baby Bink” in the comedy film Baby’s Day Out. He then landed small roles in Men in Black and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, before making it big as Mini-Me in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. He would continue to land bit roles in comedies, but was a mainstay on reality TV shows such as Celebrity Juice, Celebrity Wife Swap, and The Surreal Life.
Pour one out for Mini-Me, while we here at Okayplayer sincerely offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fans.