3:39 PM — Mike Myers just released a statement about his former co-star: “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”
Verne Troyer — best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” franchise — died on Saturday. He was 49.
A cause of death is unknown at this point, but a statement from the family seemed to indicate he took his own life.
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” a message on Troyer’s Instagram page read.
The statement continued, “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.”
Later, the statement said, “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, the family asked for donations to be made to two charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies, in Troyer’s name.
Troyer was hospitalized earlier this month on an involuntary psychiatric hold. The Los Angeles City Fire Department said the call to his home was for a “poisoning” but would not confirm it was alcohol-related.
He had a long history of alcohol problems and has done several stints in rehab.