Verne Troyer Passes Away at Age 49

The world is a little dimmer today.

Verne Troyer, known to many as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, but known to Potterheads as Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, passed away today at age 49.

 

 

The heartbreaking news was shared to the actor’s Instagram page.

 

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

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Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.

The actor’s film and television career spanned 24 years, and he had a positive effect on everyone around him with his infectious sense of humor.

 

 

 

 

The ones who love us never really leave us.

Let us all put our wands up for this legend, gone far too soon.

 

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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, please go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.