Mike Myers has offered up a touching tribute to the late Verne Troyer, following the Austin Powers actor’s passing at the age of 49.
Myers helped make Troyer something of a household name thanks to breakthrough appearances alongside the comedian in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Playing the part of Dr. Evil sidekick Mini-Me, Troyer quickly became a star, appearing in a string of movies and TV shows in the years since. Mini-Me remains his most popular role though.
Myers’ statement read:
“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”
Another message posted on Troyer’s social media accounts by his representatives, echoed this sentiment.
“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,””it read.
“Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined.”
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. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. 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. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
Though no cause of death was given in the statement, it does mention depression and suicide, commenting that both are “very serious issues”.
Tributes to the late actor have been flooding in on social media, with a raft of well-known names sharing their thoughts and appreciation for Troyer.
So sad to hear that my friend @VerneTroyer has passed away. We shared a mutual respect for each other’s work, and I always admired his good humour and lovely nature in the face of adversity. Now, for the first time, he’ll be looking down on us all, and laughing! #RIPVerneTroyer pic.twitter.com/vLGwpWTYpE
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) April 22, 2018
— T❍mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) April 21, 2018
FAMILY, I JUST HEARD THE TERRIBLE NEWS THAT @VerneTroyer HAS PASSED AWAY! WHAT A TERRIBLE SHAME! HE WAS THE SWEETEST GUY, WHENEVER HE WASNT BEING HARRASSED OR ASKED 2 B PICKED UP BY EVERY1! BUT HE HAD A HEART THE SIZE OF HIS WHOLE BODY! HE WAS THE FINEST LITTLE MAN COMEDIAN EVER!
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) April 22, 2018
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) April 21, 2018
Thanks for all the laughs, generosity and heartfelt support, @VerneTroyer; I will always be a big fan, and it was a huge honor when you bought my used shoes and skateboard at our @THF auction. pic.twitter.com/hv1F2LLpjd
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) April 21, 2018
— Shannon Elizabeth (@ShannonElizab) April 21, 2018
No cause of death has been given, but the statement also mentions that depression and suicide are “very serious issues.”
R.I.P. Verne Troyer.
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