- Publish Date
- Monday, 23 April 2018, 9:30AM
Verne Troyer, who was best known for his role as Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' movies, has died.
He was 49.
While no cause of death has been revealed yet, a statement on the actor's social media accounts said he had gone through a "recent time of adversity" and alluded to suicide and depression as "serious issues."
"Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much," it added.
"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."
Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, was hospitalised earlier this month for an unspecified treatment.
The actor - who was one of the world's shortest men at just two feet eight inches (81 centimeters) - shot to stardom from various roles. His movie debut came in the 1994 film “Baby’s Day Out.”
He also played the goblin Griphook in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and appeared in “Men in Black” (1997), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009).
RIP Verne Troyer.
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