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The death of Verne Troyer has been certified as a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner.
The Austin Powers star died in April of “sequelae of alcohol intoxication” or alcohol abuse, according to a report released by the coroner on Wednesday.
On April 3, the 49-year-old actor was taken from his North Hollywood home to the hospital for reported alcohol intoxication. Three weeks later, on April 21, Troyer was pronounced dead.
The following day, an autopsy was performed, but a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation. It was later determined Troyer died from sequelae of alcohol intoxication. The manner of death was certified as a suicide, according to the coroner’s report.
Troyer became a household name after playing Mini-Me in a couple of Austin Powers films. He then appeared in other blockbusters, including Harry Potter films.
“Verne was an extremely caring individual,” read a statement from his family when he died. “He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.”
The statement noted that Troyer had suffered from depression in the past: “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.”
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