Coroner rules Verne Troyer's death a suicide

2018-10-11 10:08
 
Actor Verne Troyer.

Los Angeles — Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mike Myers' comical sidekick "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers movie franchise, died in April of suicide by alcohol intoxication, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported Wednesday.

Troyer had a potentially fatal level of alcohol in his system and was saying repeatedly that he wanted to die when he was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on 3 April, according to the coroner's report. He died there on 21 April of multiple organ failure.

The report concluded that Troyer's death was caused by "sequelae of alcohol intoxication."

Sequelae is a term defining an action or condition leading to another ailment or, in this case, death.

"Based on the history and circumstances as currently known, the manner of death is suicide," Deputy Medical Examiner Martina Kennedy wrote in the report.

Troyer, who weighed only 24kgs, arrived at the hospital with a blood-alcohol level above 300 mg/ml, enough to be fatal in some adults.

He had called paramedics to his home, saying repeatedly during his 911 call that he wanted to die. He would repeat those words again in the hospital's emergency room, according to the report.

Troyer's representatives said at the time that the 49-year-old actor had struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. He had been admitted to a hospital in similar condition the year before.

Troyer, who stood just 2-feet-8-inches tall, was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that limited his height.

He became a star playing Mini-Me to Myers' Dr. Evil and Austin Powers in the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and its 2002 sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember.

He also played banker-goblin Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and appeared in dozens of TV shows, videos and other films in a career spanning more than 20 years.

After his hospitalisation last year, he was candid about his drinking problem, saying he had followed up with a stint at a rehab centre.

"As you know, I've battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it's not always been an easy fight, I'm willing to continue my fight day by day," he told People magazine at the time.



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