Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer’s death has officially been ruled a suicide. Troyer passed away back in April at the age of 49, but the details pertaining to his cause of death are now starting to be revealed.
“More Than Three Times The Legal Limit”
First reported by The Guardian, Troyer’s actual cause of death was a suicide which the Los Angeles county department of medical examiner-coroner said was from “sequelae of alcohol intoxication,” or alcohol abuse, and that he had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 at the time of his death. Troyer had previously been known to be an alcoholic and had been in a Los Angeles hospital for alcohol intoxication the weeks prior to his death. He passed away at the age of 49.
A statement on his Facebook page, by the actor’s spokes person noted:
“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” the statement said. “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.”
“A Lovely Smile With A Caring And Big Heart.”
Following Troyer’s death, tributes flooded in from fellow celebrities. Model and actor Carmen Electra shared a snap of the two of them on Instagram in which she can be seen holding Troyer in her arms.
The Baywatch star posted “R.I.P Verne Troyer” along with the image. West Wing star Marlee Matlin described him on Twitter as having a “lovely smile with a caring and big heart”.
Singer Vanilla Ice and American Pie actor Shannon Elizabeth also posted images of themselves with Troyer following the news of his death.
Mental Health Is A Growing Issue
Troyer had been in several popular films before his death. The actor began his acting career in 1996 in the horror film Pinocchio’s Revenge. Troyer also appeared in the films Men in Black, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. While the actor appeared in several films each year, he was best known for playing the role of Mini-Me in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Troyer suffered from the rare genetic disorder called achondroplasia dwarfism which caused him to stand 2 ft 8 in, but he never seemed to let his disability get in the way of making a career in Hollywood. At the time of his death, people had questioned how the actor died due to his family releasing a statement regarding suicide and depression and now, their suspicions have been confirmed.
Troyer’s death is also one of many that were taken this year due to mental illness. Mark Salling and Anthony Bourdain both passed away from suicide this year, which shows that mental health continues to be a growing problem. .
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255