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’s official Instagram page today with a lengthy statement of explanation to fans.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne has passed away today,” the note read.

While no official cause of death was given, the statement indicated that the actor’s known struggles with depression and alcohol may have been a factor. “He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination and attitude… 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 ultimately this time was too much.”

Police were rushed to Troyer’s 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. “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.”

Troyer’s 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 — 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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