Skådespelaren Verne Troyer har dött vid 49 års ålder. Ingen dödsorsak är ännu officiell men skådespelaren har tidigare rapporterats vara deprimerad och självmordsbenägen.
Variety rapporterar att Verne Troyer, som förmodligen mest är känd för sin roll som "Mini-Me" i Austin Powers-filmerna, är död. Venre Troyer har under en längre tid brottats med depression och alkoholism och tidigare varit självmordsbenägen. Någon dödsorsak är inte officiell.
Verne må främst vara känd för sin insats i Austin Powers-filmerna, men han har ytterligare 55 roller på sitt CV och har medverkat i både filmer och serier. Bland dessa finner vi filmer som: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassu, Joe - Jättegorillan, Grinchen, Bubble Boy och Scrubs. Verne har också agerat stuntman i sju produktioner.
Det var på Verne Troyers officiella Facebook-sida, som skådespelarens bortgång först rapporterades:
“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-con’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 he’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 he’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, 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 favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.”