'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer's cause of death revealed

  • 'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer's cause of death revealed

'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer's cause of death revealed

"Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles", the post stated. "Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately, this time was too much", the statement read.

Troyer spent the final three weeks of his life in a LA hospital suffering with alcohol intoxication.

After his hospitalisation a year ago, he was candid about his drinking problem, saying he had followed up with a stint at a rehab centre. "I've been receiving treatment for the last week, and I am voluntarily checking into a treatment centre later this week to continue to get the help I need ... with your support, I got this", he wrote. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. "Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday". "And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help", the post said. 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.

As well as Austin Powers, Troyer, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, starred in films including Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Men in Black.

The 2-foot-8 MI native had amassed a loyal following after skyrocketing to global fame for his starring role in the "Austin Powers" film franchise, playing Mike Myers's tiny clone sidekick, Mini-Me, in 1999 and 2002. The actor called 911 himself, repeatedly saying on the call and when he arrived to the emergency room that he wanted to die, the report said.

Troyer appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the United Kingdom in 2009 and in a number of reality TV shows.

At the time, Troyer's team released a statement asking fans to "keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers".

In an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in May, Myers described Troyer as "a great physical comedian". I always want to make that point that, as written, Mini-Me is nearly a prop.