Star of 'Austin Powers' movies Verne Troyer's death is ruled a suicide by LA coroner
In April of this year, Verne Troyer, who was perhaps best known for his iconic role as Mini Me in Austin Powers, passed away at the age of 49. At first, there were suspicions that the actor may have accidentally overdosed, as he was discovered to have had a high alcohol content in his blood. Now, however, six months on, the coroner has ruled that the cause of death was suicide.
It was long known that Troyer suffered with alcohol addiction problems. Just two weeks before his passing, in fact, he posted a status about his struggles on Facebook.
"I've been hearing from some concerned fans, so I'd like to address a very personal situation," he wrote. "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."
Around the time of his death, TMZ reported that Troyer had made a distressed call to 911, in which he said he was suicidal. Emergency responders rushed the 2'8" actor to the hospital, and discovered his blood had three the times the 0.8 legal limit of alcohol.
Troyer later became unresponsive, and had to be transferred to another hospital that was better equipped to deal with his condition. Tragically, it wasn't enough.
"We're told his organs started failing," reported TMZ. "He was put on life support and went steadily downhill until life support was pulled Saturday."
Troyer's family had known about his struggles before he passed away, and alluded to this in a statement they gave after his death:
"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. 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 every day. 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."
A moving tribute was also posted to his Facebook page after his death:
"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.
"He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & 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. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.
"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.
"During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately."
The death of a celebrity is often difficult to hear about for many people, but Troyer's passing was especially hard-hitting for those who have - or know somebody who has - an addiction problem. Help is out there for anyone who is struggling with alcoholism or thoughts of suicide, and we can only encourage people to seek it out.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, contact Your Life Your Voice on 1 800 448 3000, Samaritans on 116 123 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline on 1 800 273 8255. For recorded information, call Mind on 0300 123 3393