Troyer’s death was suicide, coroner says
In April 2017, an unusually serious post appeared on comedic actor Verne Troyer’s social media accounts.
“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,” he wrote, adding that he planned to check himself into a treatment center. The 2-foot-8-inch Michigan native had amassed a loyal following after skyrocketing to international fame for his starring role in the “Austin Powers” film franchise, playing Mike Myers’ tiny clone sidekick, Mini-Me.
Almost exactly a year later, on April 21, Troyer died after reports that he had been hospitalized for alcohol abuse earlier that month. A statement shared by his family made references to the actor’s “battles,” as well as depression and suicide, but did not indicate a cause of death.
On Wednesday, Troyer’s death was declared a suicide by “sequelae of alcohol intoxication,” according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Troyer, who was born with a rare form of dwarfism known as cartilage-hair hypoplasia, died of multiple organ failure at age 49.
The coroner’s report noted that Troyer had a “history of alcohol abuse and depression.”
Verne Troyer, who starred in the “Austin Powers” franchise, died April 21. He was 49.