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A coroner’s report in Los Angeles has concluded that Verne Troyer, best known for his work in the Austin Powers series, died by suicide in April, earlier this year.
An autopsy report released by the medical examiner ruled that the 49-year-old died from “sequelae of alcohol intoxication”, or alcohol abuse. Troyer apparently had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 at the time of his death.
The report also documented Troyer’s ongoing battles with depression and alcohol addiction; the actor had received treatment for alcohol addiction a year prior to his death, and had experienced suicidal ideations in the past.
“Based on the history and circumstance, as currently known,” Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Martina Kennedy concluded, “the manner of death is suicide.”
“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,” Austin Powers co-star Mike Myers tweeted, after the news of Troyer’s passing. “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”
In April, Troyer’s spokesperson released a statement on his social media pages:
“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.”
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