‘Austin Powers’ actor Verne Troyer’s death ruled a suicide

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of actor Verne Troyer as a suicide, officials said Wednesday.

The official cause of death was listed as sequelae of alcohol intoxication, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in two of the “Austin Powers” comedy films, died earlier this year at the age of 49.

On April 3, he was taken by ambulance to a hospital from his home in North Hollywood after reported alcohol intoxication, the release said.

Troyer died at the hospital on April 21. An autopsy was conducted the next day.

His death came a year after he announced on Facebook that he was being treated for alcohol addiction, which he had battled in the past.

After Troyer’s death, a statement on his social media accounts said the actor had undergone a “recent time of adversity.”

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles,” the statement read. “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. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”

Suicide resources

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, the following resources are available:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255): Speak with someone who will provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn how to help someone in crisis, call the same number.

Colorado Crisis Services Hotline (1-844-493-8255): If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. When calling Colorado Crisis Services, you will be connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional with a master’s or doctoral degree.

The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386): A 24/7 resource for LGBT youth struggling with a crisis or suicidal thoughts. The line is staffed by trained counselors.

Colorado Crisis Services Walk-In Locations: Walk-in crisis service centers are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: (1-844-264-5437): The best resource for readers to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

The number serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to all Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect concerns. All callers are able to speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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