Legendary actor Verne Troyer — perhaps best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film franchise — has died, according to notice given minutes ago on his social media accounts.
He was 49 years old.
Within the last hour, this picture and accompanying caption went up on his official Instagram page (below):
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├óΓé¼Γäós & 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├óΓé¼Γäód 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├óΓé¼Γäós 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├óΓé¼Γäós never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne├óΓé¼Γäós name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudioA post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT
Wow. Very, very sad.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and loved ones.
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]