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Verne Troyer, “Mini-Me”, Dies at Age 49

The 49-year-old iconic actor, known as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Power movies, has died at the age of 49.

Its been reported that he battled depression and alcoholism for years and was recently  admitted to a Los Angeles Hospital when he attempted suicide.

No immediate cause of death has been released but 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 month Troyer had publically announced he was returning to rehab to fight his battle with alcohol.

This is a developing story.


Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician