The official cause of death for Verne Troyer has been determined, and the actor was unfortunately killed by one of his greatest demons.
According to the L.A. County Coroner, the “Austin Powers” star died from “sequelae of alcohol intoxication,” or chronic alcohol abuse.
Troyer dealt with alcohol abuse throughout his life, and even publicly addressed his issues after his infamous stints on reality TV showcased his drinking.
Verne Troyer passed away on April 21 at the age of 49. On April 22, an autopsy was performed on Troyer and a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation.
According to the coroner’s report, when Troyer was brought into the hospital he registered a blood alcohol almost 4-times the legal limit. The report notes the actor, who was hospitalized the previous year for the same thing, suffered “respiratory distress” before being placed on a ventilator. He later succumbed to his injuries.
The report states Troyer had a history of depression and alcohol abuse, and reportedly completed time at a treatment center one year prior to his death. He was also taking prescription medications, but his family did not know know which ones at the time of the investigation.
His family released a statement when he passed, hinting the actor may have taken his own life. It read at one point, “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.”
According to law enforcement sources, Verne Troyer called 911 on April 2 and told dispatchers he “wanted to die.” He was transported to the hospital shortly after on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
Officials also noted that Troyer had an “extremely high alcohol level” when he was admitted to Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys.
We’re told while in the emergency room, the “Austin Powers” star repeated to nurses and doctors that he “wanted to die,” and soon after being admitted, suffered respiratory distress and then failure.
Troyer was placed on life support, including a ventilator to assist in his breathing. Unfortunately, he never recovered and his body began shutting down before ultimately passing away.
He had a long history of alcohol problems and had done several stints in rehab.