Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer's death ruled a suicide by Los Angeles County coroner

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Oct 10, 2018

Verne Troyer's death has been officially ruled as a suicide, the Los Angeles County coroner's office confirms to SYFY WIRE. The cause of death listed in the official report was a "sequelae of alcohol intoxication," otherwise known as lethal alcohol abuse.

It was a "prolonged use and excessive consumption" of alcohol, said Ed Winter, Assistant Chief of Investigations at the L.A. coroner's office. 

Troyer was hospitalized in early April, before passing away later in the month at the age of 49. He was most famous for portraying Mini-Me, the small-statured clone of Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), in the Austin Powers movies. In addition, Troyer portrayed the Gringotts goblin known as Grpihook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone — long before Warwick Davis took over the role.

After his death, the actor's family released an official statement, in which they touched on Troyer's love of entertaining others and struggle with depression. 

"Verne was an extremely caring individual," read the statement, per The Hollywood Reporter. "He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. 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."

Troyer was also remembered fondly by Myers, Ludacris, Jay Roach, Marlee Matlin, Steve Aoki, and Slash.

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