Coro­ner: Verne Troyer death sui­cide by al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion

Porterville Recorder - - RECORD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mike My­ers' com­i­cal side­kick "Mini-me" in the "Austin Pow­ers" movie fran­chise, died last April of sui­cide by al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion, the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner's of­fice re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Troyer had a po­ten­tially fa­tal level of al­co­hol in his sys­tem and was say­ing re­peat­edly that he wanted to die when he was ad­mit­ted to a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal on April 3, ac­cord­ing to the coro­ner's re­port. He died there on April 21 of mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure.

The re­port con­cluded that Troyer's death was caused by "se­que­lae of al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion."

Se­que­lae is a term defin­ing an ac­tion or con­di­tion lead­ing to an­other ail­ment or, in this case, death.

"Based on the his­tory and cir­cum­stances as cur­rently known, the man­ner of death is sui­cide," Deputy Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Martina Kennedy wrote in the re­port.

Troyer, who weighed only 55 pounds, ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal with a blood­al­co­hol level above 300 mg/ml, enough to be fa­tal in some adults.

He had called paramedics to his home, say­ing re­peat­edly dur­ing his 911 call that he wanted to die. He would re­peat those words again in the hos­pi­tal's emer­gency room, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Troyer's rep­re­sen­ta­tives said at the time that the 49-year-old ac­tor had strug­gled with de­pres­sion and thoughts of sui­cide. He had been ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal in sim­i­lar con­di­tion the year be­fore.

Troyer, who stood just 2-feet-8-inches tall, was born with achon­dropla­sia, a ge­netic con­di­tion that lim­ited his height.

He be­came a star play­ing Mini-me to My­ers' Dr. Evil and Austin Pow­ers in the 1999 film "Austin Pow­ers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and its 2002 se­quel "Austin Pow­ers in Gold­mem­ber."

He also played banker­gob­lin Griphook in "Harry Pot­ter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and ap­peared in dozens of TV shows, videos and other films in a ca­reer span­ning more than 20 years.

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