Verne Troyer, AKA the beloved Mini-Me from the Austin Powers trilogy, has passed away at the age of 49. The sad news was announced on the actor鈥檚 official Instagram page today with a lengthy statement of explanation to fans.

鈥淚t is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne has passed away today,鈥 the note read.

While no official cause of death was given, the statement indicated that the actor鈥檚 known struggles with depression and alcohol may have been a factor. 鈥淗e inspired people around the world with his drive, determination and attitude鈥 Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years, he鈥檚 struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but ultimately this time was too much.鈥

Police were rushed to Troyer鈥檚 home Monday night after a friend reportedly called in for help, at which time fans were asked to keep the comedian in their thoughts and prayers.

The statement added that friends and family were by his side while he was recently baptized.and concluded by urging fans to be kind to one another. 鈥淒epression 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鈥檚 never too late to reach out to someone for help.鈥

Troyer鈥檚 family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to one of his two favorite charities of The Starkey Hearing Foundation or Best Buddies.

RIP, Verne 鈥 you will be dearly missed.

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If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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