Verne Troyer’s manner of death has been certified as a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner.
On April 22, an autopsy was performed on Troyer and a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation. It has now been determined that Troyer died from “sequelae of alcohol intoxication,” according to a report from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner obtained by ET on Wednesday.
Troyer was taken by paramedics from his home in North Hollywood to a hospital in Van Nuys for reported alcohol intoxication on April 3. Three weeks later, on April 21, he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11:27 a.m. He was 49 years old.
The actor’s death was announced to fans on April 21 with a post on his official Instagram account. The post noted that he struggled with depression.
“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles,” the post read, in part. “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,” the message continued. “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.”
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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. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
Multiple outlets reported that Troyer was placed on a 5150 hold on April 3, following police being called out to his home after allegedly being told he was “suicidal.” Last April, Troyer checked into a rehab facility after being hospitalized for alcohol abuse, taking to Instagram to confirm the news at the time.
“I’ve been hearing from some concerned fans, so I’d like to address a very personal situation,” he wrote. “As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day.”
Troyer was best known for his role as Mini-Me in Mike Myers’ Austin Powersfilms. In May, Myers teared up remembering his friend during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The comedian attended a service for Troyer, and said that the late star was originally not supposed to live past his teens, but packed “150 years” into his 49 years of living.
“Verne was a fantastic human being,” Myers said, fighting back tears. “And a great comedian. I always want to make that point that, as written, Mini-Me is almost a prop. But he brought it off the page, better than written, and we kept just giving him more and more stuff to do. But, a great physical comedian, a great dancer, just a fantastic guy.”
“I met President Obama, and he said, ‘Mike, so glad to see you, how’s Mini-Me?'” he later recalled. “And then I met [Justin] Trudeau, and he said, ‘Hey buddy, how’s it going? How’s Mini-Me?’ And I just thought, Verne brought so much love to people, you know what I mean? It’s crazy, everywhere I’ve been in the world [people ask about him.]”
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