Earlier this month we reported that Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the "Austin Power" films, was in the hospital on suicide watch. Now, Variety reports that he has passed away. He was only 49.
Troyer was also one of the shortest men in the world. The news was announced via his official Facebook page.
“It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement reads. “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.”
Troyer wasn't only in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Austin Power in Goldmember,” Troyer also acted in the first Harry Potter film as Griphook the goblin. He had an additional 25 other film credits in his name.
Troyer was born on January 1, 1969, in Michigan. Initially, he was raised Amish before his parents left the religion. He stood 2’8″ because he had achondroplasia dwarfism.
He has stated that his parents “never treated me any different than my other average-sized siblings. I used to have to carry wood, feed the cows and pigs and farm animals.”
You can read the full announcement of 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.”
It appears that Troyer took his own life. Please pray for his family as they grieve their loss. Please also pray for the George H.W. Bush family as they mourn their loss. See the heartbreaking photo of Bush at the funeral for his wife of 73 years.