Verne Troyer was in a very dark place when he was rushed to the hospital with an "extremely high alcohol level" earlier this month and told emergency responders that he "wanted to die."
According to law enforcement sources, Troyer called 911 on April 2 and told dispatchers he "wanted to die." As we reported, 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 on April 21 at 11:20 AM.
In the statement from Troyer's family, they hinted that his death may have been self induced: "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."
As we reported, Troyer's autopsy has been completed and his body is ready to be picked up by his family. His body remains at the office of the Medical Examiner, and because they are out of state, are working on final arrangements.
Troyer's official cause of death has been deferred as investigators wait for results from the toxicology.