Verne Troyer, the actor who shot to fame as Mini-Me in the ‘Austin Powers’ series, has died at age 49 – as confirmed on both his official Facebook and Instagram pages.
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” a post on his official Facebook page read.
“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” it added.
Earlier this month, Troyer was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles but his team did not say what he was suffering from.
He was hospitalised for alcohol addiction last year and released a statement addressing his problems.
“While it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day,” he said.
“I want to thank everyone that’s reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me”.
Troyer appeared on a number of reality TV shows, including Celebrity Big Brother in the UK in 2009.
The actor has also made regular appearances on Celebrity Juice and starred in Keith Lemon’s feature length film, Keith Lemon: The Film.
Troyer became a pop-culture phenomenon after starring alongside Mike Myers as “Mini-Me,” the tiny, hairless clone of villain Dr. Evil in two of the three “Austin Powers” films.
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. Both hero and villain were played by Myers, who also put Troyer in his 2008 film “The Love Guru.”
He also played the banker goblin Griphook in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and appeared on dozens of TV shows including “Boston Public,” ”Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “MADtv.”
Troyer was born in 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that kept him at 2 feet 8 inches tall.
No place of death was given, but he lived in Los Angeles.