The 'Austin Powers' star died last year
Fans and viewers have complained after the actor Verne Troyer was among the screen stars omitted from last night’s Oscars 2019 ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
However during last night’s Oscars ceremony, the video tribute which honours those from the world of cinema who have died over the last year failed to feature the actor.
“They left out Mini Me from the In Memorian,” wrote one fan. “Hhow horrible – but we will not forget him on Twitter!”
Announcing Troyer’s death last year, a spokesman said: “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”
The statement alluded to Troyer’s own struggles with mental health: “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.”
“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 favourite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.”
However, other names that failed to make the section included Creature from the Black Lagoon star Julie Adams, Singin In The Rain director Stanley Donen, Carol Channing, Full Metal Jacket‘s R Lee Ermey and Frasier star John Mahoney.
This follows a similar reaction from the recent GRAMMYs, when their ‘In Memoriam’ segment failed to pay tribute to the likes of Scott Hutchison, Pete Shelley and Vinnie Paul among others from the world of music who have died in the last year.