Actor Mike Myers paid tribute to his Austin Powers co-star Verne Troyer after the actor’s sudden passing on Saturday, April 21 at the age of 49.
Verne reportedly battled depression prior to his untimely death.
Longtime pal Mike Meyers said in a statement published by Entertainment Weekly, “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him.”
“It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed,” the statement concluded.
Verne appeared alongside Mike Meyers in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember.
He portrayed Mini-Me, a clone of Mike’s character Dr. Evil.
Radar Online reported that in early April, the actor was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles after he was reported to be suicidal.
Verne’s family posted a message to the actor’s fans on his official Instagram.
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’s & 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’d 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’s 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’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. 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. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
“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’s never too late to reach out to someone for help,” the statement concluded.