Verne Troyer, the actor who rose to fame as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died by suicide, a Los Angeles coroner has confirmed.
After an autopsy and additional tests, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner explained that Troyer died from alcohol poisoning. Troyer died in April at the age of 49.
In a Facebook post shortly after his death, his team issued an emotional statement confirming the news. "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. (sic)
"He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film and 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.
The post also hinted that his cause of death may have been self-inflicted. "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."
Only a couple of weeks before his death, Troyer had actually made the news for alcohol poisoning.
In a Facebook post from the 3rd of April, it read: "Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He's getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated."
As well as his conic Mini-Me character, the lovable thespian also appeared in Men In Black and the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Jingle All The Way.