Verne Troyer passes away at 49

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 22, 2018 12:42 hrs

[United States], Apr. 22 (ANI): American actor and comedian Verne Troyer died at the age of 49 on Saturday.

The actor, who was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, had openly battled depression and alcoholism, reported E!online.

The news confirming his death was announced on his Instagram account as the post said, "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today."

Talking about Verne, the post read, "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," the post added.

The post also addressed his issues in life and said, "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," it added.

Troyer has worked in various movies like Austin Powers, Bubble Boy, Wishmaster and many others. (ANI)

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