Verne Troyer, known for role in Austin Powers, dead at 49

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The diminutive U.S. actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the spy comedy films, had openly struggled with alcoholism. The statement said that Troyer was "extremely caring" and "a fighter", while mentioning his struggles with depression and suicide. "And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone".

Troyer, who also starred in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, posted on Instagram previous year: '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, who starred in a number of commercials and films over the years, gained worldwide fame with his role as Mini-Me, a 2-foot-8 inch version of Mike Myers' Dr.

'It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today, ' it said. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family.

Actor Mike Myers paid tribute to his Austin Powers co-star Verne Troyer after the actor's sudden passing on Saturday, April 21 at the age of 49. "He will be greatly missed", Myers said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly on Saturday.

Troyer was previously admitted to a medical centre for alcoholism treatment a year ago, and later checked into a rehab program.

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The investigation into the death of actor Verne Troyer began on Sunday by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to The Blast.

His other credits included Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and TV shows such as Scrubs, Two and a Half Men and Boston Public.

"I've been hearing from some concerned fans, so I'd like to address a very personal situation", he said.

The actor, who was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, had openly battled depression and alcoholism. "It's really young, but I know that he had some medical stuff that he always really had to work through".

Born with Achondroplasia dwarfism and reportedly one of the world's smallest men, he nearly died from "cot death" as a baby, but said his small stature didn't restrict his ambitions.

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