The cause of death of Austin Power’s star, Verne Troyer, who passed away on April 21 aged 49, has been ruled as suicide.
Troyer died from sequelae of alcohol intoxication, according to the Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.
The actor was rushed to a hospital as he consumed about three times the legal limit of alcohol in early April.
The 49-year-old then passed away about three weeks later.
His family confirmed in a statement shortly 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. 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.”
Troyer, who was best known for playing Mini-me in the hit franchise, was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, which caused him to stop growing at 2ft 8in.
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