El actor estadounidense Verne Troyer, conocido por su papel de Mini-Me en las comedias cinematográficas de la serie Austin Powers, murió este sábado a la edad de 49 años, informó el portal TMZ.
Troyer, considerado como uno de los hombres más bajos del mundo, llevaba tiempo luchando con problemas de alcohol y a comienzos de este mes tuvo que ser ingresado en un hospital del área de Los Ángeles, agregó el sitio.
Fuentes de la familia dijeron a TMZ que Troyer pereció en un lugar no precisado mientras estaba recibiendo asistencia médica para ser tratado por problemas de alcohol y tendencias suicidas.
El actor, que había nacido con el trastorno genético de enanismo, comenzó su carrera en el cine en 1994, primero como doble para un bebé de nueve meses, hasta que se lanzó a la fama en 1999 en la segunda película de la serie de Austin Powers.
Había intentado superar su alcoholismo pasando por periodos de rehabilitación en varias ocasiones. En 2002 estuvo al borde de la muerte por intoxicación alcohólica.
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