Verne Troyer Dies At 49

By David Konow 04/23/18

The Austin Powers actor had battled alcoholism and depression. 

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer, the actor most famous for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49.

Although a cause of death has not been reported, Troyer suffered from alcoholism and depression, and a statement on his Facebook page noted his past struggles with his mental health.

The official statement read: “It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

The statement went on to say, “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... 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.”

Troyer had a previous brush with death in 2002 when he nearly succumbed to alcohol poisoning. He told The Hollywood Reporter that when he was filmed intoxicated on the reality show The Surreal Life, it was “a bad period in my life. I’ve learned from it and I move on.”

Then in 2017, Troyer wrote on his Facebook page that he was again entering rehab for alcoholism, stating, “I’ve been receiving treatment and I am voluntarily checking into a treatment center to continue to get the help that I need.”

According to a report on TMZ, Troyer had been in the hospital since early April and had been on life support after police reported that he was intoxicated and suicidal.

Troyer’s representatives posted on his Facebook page, “Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world.”

Troyer, who was reportedly 2 feet 8 inches tall, went from living in an Amish community in Michigan to stardom in 1999 with The Spy Who Shagged Me. He also played Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and also made TV appearances on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs, Two and a Half Men and Boston Public, as well as the reality series The Surreal Life and Celebrity Wife Swap.


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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.