In April, the sad news came out that "Austin Powers" actor Verne Troyer had passed away at only 49 years old. Two weeks rior, the actor, who was best known for playing Mini-Me, was in the hospital on suicide watch.
Troyer, who stood at only 2’8″ because he had achondroplasia dwarfism, was one of the shortest men in the world. When Troyer passed away, his family didn't release the cause of death, but they did seem to hint toward suicide.
“It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual…[he] hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday," the statement reads. "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."
Now, his cause of death has been officially released. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office ruled his death a suicide as a result of alcohol intoxication, according to PEOPLE.
Troyer, who was open about struggling with alcohol addiction, wasn't only known for his role in "Austin Powers." Troyer also acted in the first Harry Potter film as Griphook the goblin. He had an additional 25 other film credits in his name.
When he passed away on April 21, his family released a statement. You can read the full statement about Troyer’s death below.
"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.”
The news that Troyer's death was a suicide, while not unexpected, is still very sad. Please pray for his family and all those suffering with addition. If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).