Popular actor Verne Troyer’s death has been ruled as a suicide.
The 49-year-old, best known for his role in Austin Powers, passed away in April after being admitted to hospital in Los Angeles.
Troyer, who battled alcoholism, died as a result of alcohol abuse, an autopsy report from the Los Angeles County medical examiner/coroner said.
Quoting the report, NBC said that Troyer died from “sequelae of alcohol intoxication”, and that at the time of his death, his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.
“Verne was an extremely caring individual,” a statement on Troyer’s Instagram page – posted after his death – read.
“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 every day.
“He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude.”
The statement then elaborated on Troyer’s mental health issues.
“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.”
In addition to his Austin Powers role, the diminutive American actor also appeared in Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, Men In Black and Celebrity Big Brother.
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