"I hope he is in a better place"
Actor Verne Troyer has died aged 49 as revealed through posts on the ‘Austin Powers’ stars’ Instagram and Facebook.
Last night (April 22), a tribute was posted on Troyer’s social media breaking the news. No cause of death has been reported.
The statement reads: “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.”
Read the full statement below.
Mike Myers, the creator of ‘Austin Powers’, paid tribute to Verne Troyer with a statement released through his publicist to ET: “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”
Steve Aoki, Tony Hawk, Marlee Matlin and more have paid tribute to the ‘Mini-Me’ actor on social media.
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