"Austin Powers" movie character who plays Mini Me dies

Joann Johnston
April 22, 2018

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" series, died on Saturday, according to a statement posted on his Instagram page.

Troyer appeared in 1999′s "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and 2002′s "Austin Powers in Goldmember", in which "Mini-Me" switches sides and becomes a miniature version of Powers.

He also had roles in 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and another Mike Myers film, 2008's "The Love Guru".

Verne, who'd been in and out of multiple rehab centers throughout his life, reportedly almost died of alcohol poisoning in 2002, after he and his then-wife Genevieve Gallen ended their marriage (via Entertainment Tonight).

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Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out". He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.

"Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles", said the Facebook statement. "He also touched more people's hearts than he will ever know".

The troyer was connected to life support since early April after he was hospitalized in connection with alcohol poisoning and suicide attempt. Over the years he's struggle and won, struggle and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. "But you know, the train had sailed, but in the back of my head I was, like, 'I gotta write something where this guy can talk". Be kind to one another.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family".

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