Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: Actor Verne Troyer attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

Actor Verne Troyer has died at the age of 49 according to his Facebook and Instagram.

He was best known for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers comedies.

A tribute on his social media reads: ‘It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.

‘Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.

‘He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.

‘Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.

‘During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately.

‘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.

‘In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies

.’ Mike Myers, the man behind Austin Powers, has paid tribute to his co-star, who appeared in Goldmember and The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Mike Myers has paid tribute to his Austin Powers co-star Verne Troyer. He said in a statement via his publicist: ‘Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him.

‘It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.’

The pair also starred together in The Love Guru.

Other celebrities have been paying tribute to the actor on social media.

 

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