Beloved Actor Verne Troyer Dead at 49

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Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil’s small, silent sidekick “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” movie franchise, has died, the AP reports. He was 49. A statement provided by Troyer’s representatives that was also posted to his accounts on Instagram and Facebook say the actor died Saturday. No cause of death was given, but the statement describes Troyer as a “fighter” who was unable to overcome a recent bout of adversity then goes on to discuss depression and suicide. “Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” the statement says. “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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