Verne Troyer, best known as Mini-Me in "Austin Powers", has died

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday according to a post to his Instagram account

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday according to a post to his Instagram account

Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues", the post said. 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.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family". He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers franchise, has passed away at the age of 49. "Be kind to one another", the post continued. "And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help".

Verne Troyer and Mike Myers in

Actor Verne Troyer attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately.

The announcement reported on Troyer's Instagram account on Saturday afternoon did not include a cause of death.

His family has asked that donations be sent to charities The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies in lieu of flowers. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning. He registered as one of the shortest men in the world.

Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out".

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