Verne Troyer, known as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Power movies, died in April at the age of 49. People reports the coroner from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office has ruled the death a suicide as a result of alcohol intoxication.
It’s been reported that he battled depression and alcoholism for years and was admitted weeks before his death to a Los Angeles Hospital when he attempted suicide by alcohol as well.
His Instagram page had the following message posted:
The 2 foot 8 inch actor was a hit in multiple films and originally was working in the film industry as a stunt double. Troyer had achondroplasia, in which cartilage cannot form into large bones resulting in dwarfism. CNN reports his specific achondroplasia was cartilage-hair hypoplasia, which results in one having little to no hair.
A study in 2015 by Rodriguez-Gomez et al, when studying the medical and psychosocial conditions accompanying achondroplasia, found “31.8% of the sample reported at least one comorbid condition such as, hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, scoliosis, thyroid problems, neuropathy, psoriasis, gastritis and/or sleep apnea; 32% reported mild to severe depressive symptoms; 55% reported mild to severe symptoms associated to anxiety and 18% reported mild to severe symptoms associated with hopelessness.”
Last Spring Troyer had publicly announced he was returning to rehab to fight his battle with alcohol.
This is a developing story.