Verne Troyer, the actor who portrayed ‘Mini-Me’ in the Austin Powers’ films has died at 49. Troyer’s family confirmed Troyer's death via his 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. Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him"
No cause of death has been shared, but his family wrote of a "recent time of adversity" the Troyer faced…. "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."