“Harry Potter” actor dies at 49
The 49-year-old Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers comedy series, died on April 21, at age 49.
According to police reports, the cause of death of the actor who is only 2 feet and 8 inches tall is alcohol poisoning.
In early April, Verne had to be hospitalized and taken care in the emergency room at Los Angeles hospital. The relatives and family of the actor reported on social networks that Verne Troyer was receiving the best care.
In 2015, the actor was hospitalized after an epileptic fit.
The actor playing the Griphook goblin in Harry Potter passed away at the age of 49.
As a heavy drinker for many years, Troyer entered the alcohol detox camp at the same time in 2017. He also did not hide the fact that he had struggled with alcohol in the past.
After leaving the alcohol detox camp, Troyer thanked those who cared for him and considered battling against alcohol as a personal issue that required persistence.
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.
Verne Troyer 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.
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, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.” a long statement on his social media said.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Troyer was in 58 movies and television shows.
He played Mini-Me, the diminutive clone of Mike Myers' Dr. Evil, in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
Myers, in a statement issued Saturday, called Troyer the "consummate professional and a beacon of positivity."
"It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed," Myers said.
By: Christina Baker