Published Oct 10, 2018Verne Troyer's death has been ruled a suicide by a Los Angeles county coroner.
According a report released by the coroner today, the Austin Powers actor died in April of "sequelae of alcohol intoxication," or alcohol abuse. Troyer was 49.
Troyer was hospitalized earlier that month after a friend found him "extremely drunk, upset and suicidal." In 2017, he was admitted to hospital to be treated for alcohol addiction and later attended rehab.
Troyer first rose to fame as Mini-Me in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember. He also played Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and had roles in Men in Black, Volcano, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and more.
Upon his passing, a statement from Troyer's family read, "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."
It continued: "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."