Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in Austin Powers films, had a long-standing battle with depression.

Mike Myers hopes his co-star and friend Verne Troyer is ‘in a better place’ after hearing the tragic news that he passed away on Saturday.

Verne was admitted to hospital in LA last week after having ‘suicidal thoughts’. No cause of death has been officially confirmed.

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‘Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,’ Myers said in a statement.

‘It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.’

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. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

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Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, which is a genetic disorder. But in spite of this, Verne went on to have an extremely successful career, appearing in 58 movies and television shows (movie database).

Verne’s family announced the sad news of his passing on Instagram on Saturday saying: ‘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.

‘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.’

Verne appeared alongside Mike Myers in two Austin Powers movies: 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Other celebrities have also expressed their condolences.

 

Verne is survived by his girlfriend, German-American actress Brittney Powell, 43.