LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Actor Verne Troyer, known for his iconic role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers’” movies has died at age 49.
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The death was announced on the actor’s Facebook page Saturday. The cause was unclear, although the post made reference to “depression and suicide.”READ MORE: LeBron James Scores 29, Plays Center As Lakers Rally Past Magic, 116-105
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement read.'We Have So Many Questions;' Family Of Tioni Theus, Teen Found Dead On Side Of Freeway, Demands Answers
Here is the complete statement below:
“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
“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.”