At the time, Troyer's team released a statement asking fans to "keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers".
The L.A. County Coroner's office has ruled Verne Troyer's death as a suicide. According to TMZ, the police were informed that the actor was suicidal before he was hospitalised. The 2-foot-8 MI native had amassed a loyal following after skyrocketing to worldwide fame for his starring role in the "Austin Powers" film franchise, playing Mike Myers's tiny clone sidekick, Mini-Me, in 1999 and 2002.
After being in hospital a year ago and completing a stint in rehab, he spoke of his battle with alcohol and said: "As you know, I've battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it's not always been an easy fight, I'm willing to continue my fight day by day". On film and 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.
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If it is an emergency or you, or someone you know, is at risk call 111. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. A statement shared by his family made references to the actor's "battles" as well as depression and suicide, but did not indicate a cause of death. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Be kind to one another.
The actor, well known for playing Mini-Me in the comedy franchise, had openly battled alcoholism.
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.
This sad news comes just a day after World Mental Health Day, which saw celebrities speak out about their experiences with mental health problems and how they deal with them.