Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, pictured in London.

The American actor and stuntman Verne Troyer has died, aged 49.

Troyer was best known for his portrayal of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie series.

The actor's credits also include Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Men In Black.

His short stature – just 2 foot 8 inches – was a result of achondroplasia dwarfism.

The death was announced on a post on his Facebook page.


''It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that
Verne passed away today,'' the post read.

''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.''

 Lifeline: 13 11 14.

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