Verne Troyer, best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers movies, has passed away. A statement from the actor’s family said he passed away sometime on Saturday.
TMZ (@tmz) reports, Troyer had been on some sort of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month, after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal. Troyer was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.
Troyer’s family said that during the recent adversity “he was baptized while surrounded by family.” Troyer reportedly struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.
Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings.
Troyer had small roles in many movies outside of the role as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers movies he was most known for. He also appeared on multiple reality shows, including Celebrity Wife Swap. Verne Troyer was 49-years old.