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Verne Troyer of Austin Powers fame succumbs to alcohol poisoning; battled depression for years

Verne Troyer who won acclaim for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie franchise died recently at the age of 49. He was admitted to a hospital earlier in April 2018 for suspected alcohol poisoning and was on life-support since then.

Through a statement posted by Troyer’s spokesperson on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, the actor’s mêlée with depression and suicidal tendencies was brought to light. However, it didn’t spell out the exact cause of his death. “Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside… it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help,” the statement read.

Troyer had been quite vocal about his long-standing battle with alcoholism and over the years had checked into multiple rehab centers. In one such incident in 2002, he narrowly escaped death from alcohol poisoning. In 2017, he had made an announcement on his Facebook page about checking into an addiction treatment center to deal with his alcohol addiction.

Mike Meyers, his co-actor in the Austin Power films, mourned Troyer’s demise, saying, “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he’s in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

The actor’s family recounted him as an “extremely caring individual” and someone who would go great lengths to help anyone in need. They further said that he wanted to leverage his platform to bring a positive change in the society.

In addition to Austin Powers movies, Troyer also made appearances in several other movies, like “Men in Black,” “Harry Potter,” “The Love Guru,” etc. He made his mark felt on the small screen by actively participating in reality shows like “Celebrity Wife Swap,” “The Surreal Life,” etc.

Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism and was even accredited as one of the shortest men in the world. He, however, maintained that his parents never treated him differently and he had to do chores any normal-sized child would.

Alcohol abuse not to be taken lightly

Alcoholism is a burgeoning problem in the present times. It is estimated that out of the total alcohol consumed in the United States, half is guzzled by just 10 percent of the drinkers. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), roughly 80,000 people die of alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.

Alcohol addiction not only affects the health of a person, but also strains relationships, affects professional life and increases the chances of one resorting to criminal practices. People need to understand that any amount of alcohol is harmful to the body. According to a recent study, published in The Lancet, the “safe” upper limit for drinking was quite less than what people assumed. And that even the “moderate level” of drinking was actually high and unsafe. Keeping these points in mind, it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you know anyone battling an addiction to alcohol, don’t hesitate from seeking professional intervention at the earliest. Get in touch with the 24/7 Recovery Helpline to gain information on some of the best alcohol abuse treatment centers. You can also call at our 27/7 helpline (855) 441-4405 or chat with our expert to know about various alcohol addiction treatment options.

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