Sad truth of Mini Me star's death

Section
Celebrity,
Publish Date
Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:32AM

Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mike Myers' comical sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, died last April of alcohol intoxication, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported Wednesday.

Troyer, 49 was reported to be suffering from alcohol intoxication when he was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on April 3. He died there on April 21.

"It was later determined Troyer died from sequelae of alcohol intoxication," the coroner's office said in a statement.

Sequelae is a term defining an action or condition leading to another ailment or, in this case, death.

Troyer's representatives had said last April he'd been struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.

The actor, who was just 2-foot-8, became a star playing Mini-Me to Myers' Dr. Evil and Austin Powers in the 1999 film "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and its 2002 sequel "Austin Powers in Goldmember."

He also played banker-goblin Griphook in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and appeared in dozens of TV shows, videos and other films in a career spanning more than 20 years.

Troyer was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that limited his height.

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