Troyer’s death was sui­cide, coro­ner says

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

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.”

JOHN SALANGSANG/INVISION 2016

Verne Troyer, who starred in the “Austin Pow­ers” fran­chise, died April 21. He was 49.

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