Hollywood actor Verne Troyer, who played the role of as Mini-Me in the popular franchise Austin Powers, left for his heavenly abode on Saturday. He was 49.
Verneâ€™s representatives posted a statement on his official Instagram account which said that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus actor passed away on Saturday.
No cause of death was mentioned in the statement, but it described Verne Troyer as a fighter when it comes to fighting the battles.
â€˜â€™He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-conâ€™s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if heâ€™d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peopleâ€™s hearts than he will ever knowâ€™â€™, the statement read.
It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. 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-conâ€™s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if heâ€™d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years heâ€™s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. 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, itâ€™s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verneâ€™s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
Popular actress Marlee Matlin took to Twitter to mourn the death of the talented actor.
So sad to read of the passing of Verne Troyer. A lovely smile with a caring and big heart, he helped raise money on behalf of @starkeycares for free hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing people. RIP pic.twitter.com/pgA91tWPo6â€” Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 21, 2018
WWE superstar The Miz, who was involved in a segment with the actor on RAW, mourned Verne Troyer's death.
Several other celebrities alsoÂ also reacted to the sudden demise of theÂ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneÂ actor.
So sad to hear that my friend @VerneTroyer has passed away. We shared a mutual respect for each otherâ€™s work, and I always admired his good humour and lovely nature in the face of adversity. Now, for the first time, heâ€™ll be looking down on us all, and laughing! #RIPVerneTroyer pic.twitter.com/vLGwpWTYpEâ€” Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) April 22, 2018
Thanks for all the laughs, generosity and heartfelt support, @VerneTroyer; I will always be a big fan, and it was a huge honor when you bought my used shoes and skateboard at our @THF auction. pic.twitter.com/hv1F2LLpjdâ€” Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) April 21, 2018