‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

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Mike Myers pays tribute to his Austin Powers co-star, describing him as “a consummate professional” and “a beacon of positivity”.The actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49.

The cause of death was not disclosed. The star had struggled with alcoholism. On 4 April, he was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles and placed on “involuntary psychiatric hold”.His death was confirmed in a post on his official Facebook page.

A statement read: “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.”

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