‘Austin Powers’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

One of the more iconic actors of our time was passed away at the age of 49.

The actor made famous by his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” series, Verne Troyer, passed away Saturday night at the age of 49.

Lifelong Battle

Based on the post made on his Instagram page after his passing, it would appear that Troyer has had a lifelong battle with depression.

His struggles made national news earlier this year when he was hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning.

The Instagram statement read:

“Over the years, he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.”

Even though he had his own personal demons, Troyer did try to help others.

“Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible,” the statement read.

More Than Mini-Me

While Troyer was best known as Michael Myers’ side kick in the “Austin Powers” movies, he had a very successful career both before and after those movies.

He first broke into the business back in 1996 in “Pinocchio’s Revenge.”

He also had an uncredited role in “Jingle All the Way,” an Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy.

In what may have inspired Myers to create the Mini-Me role, he starred in the Will Smith hit, “Men in Black.”

In addition to the Powers movies, he teamed up with Myers in 2008 for “The Love Guru,” which was more or less a variation on his Mini-Me role.

There is one movie still on the board (currently in post-production), “Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks,” that will hopefully give fans one last look at Troyer.

Personal Life

On the outside, Troyer seemed to be living the dream life.

He had been tied to several high-profile women, including Playboy Model Genevieve Gallen.

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More recently, he has been reportedly dating actress Brittney Powell.

Rest in Peace Mr. Troyer.

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