Actor said to be "getting the best care possible"
Austin Powers star Verne Troyer has been hospitalised, according to reports.
Troyer is best known for appearing as Mini Me in two Austin Powers movies, 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember. He also had minor roles in Men In Black, Jingle All the Way and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Troyer was reportedly admitted to hospital in Los Angeles on Monday evening (April 2). A statement from the actor’s camp asked fans to “keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers”, adding that he was “getting the best care possible”.
“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably,” the statement posted to Instagram reads. “Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”
The reason for Troyer’s hospitalisation has not been confirmed, but TMZ reports that police and medics were called to the star’s home and that he was found to be “extremely upset, drunk and suicidal”. The report suggests that Troyer was “transported to a hospital for possible alcohol poisoning” and is “being held for 72 hours for evaluation”.
Last year, Troyer received treatment for alcohol addiction, releasing a statement detailing his struggles with alcoholism.
He wrote on Facebook last April: “I’ve been hearing from some concerned fans, so I’d like to address a very personal situation. 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 continued: “I’ve been receiving treatment for the last week and I am voluntarily checking into a treatment center later this week to continue to get the help that I need. I want to thank everyone that’s reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me. With your support, I got this.”
In the UK and Ireland, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help on 1-800-273-TALK.