The death of actor Verne Troyer – who rocketed to fame when he starred in the Austin Powers films – has been officially ruled as a suicide, according to a coroner in Los Angeles.

Troyer, who was born with a form of dwarfism that permanently limited his height to under 2ft 8in, became world-famous when he starred as Mini-Me in second Austin Powers film The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999, reprising the role in 2002’s Goldmember.

However, he openly spoke about his battles with addiction to alcohol over recent years, and this April passed away at the age of 49, having spent the final three weeks of his life in hospital in Los Angeles for alcohol intoxication. He had been admitted on April 3rd, having been taken from his North Hollywood home.

Verne TroyerVerne Troyer passed away in April 2018

Following an autopsy and further tests, the Los Angeles County coroner said Troyer died on April 21st from “sequelae of alcohol intoxication”, in a report released on Wednesday (October 10th).

The manner of death has therefore been ruled as a suicide.

Troyer was also a participant in the 2009 edition of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, and aside from Austin Powers also starred in films including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Men in Black.

“Verne was an extremely caring individual,” read a statement from his family when Troyer died. “He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.”

His family also noted that the star had often suffered from depression. “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.”

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