Verne Troyer, best known for his character Mini Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49.

 
 

His death was announced on his Instagram account. “It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the post read. Troyer “inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude.”

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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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

Troyer’s cause of death was not revealed in the post.

Earlier this month he was hospitalized after first responders were called by his friends saying he we suicidal and drunk. He had checked himself into a rehabilitation center for alcoholism in April of last year.

 

Troyer was in 58 movies and television shows. He was well known for being Mike Myers‘ character Dr.Evil‘s sidekick. Myers wrote in a statement, “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”