LOS ANGELES – Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mike Myers' comedic "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" franchise, died last April from suicide due to alcohol poisoning, he reported on Wednesday. forensic office of Los Angeles County.
Troyer had a potentially fatal level of alcohol in his system and repeatedly said he wanted to die when he was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles on April 3, according to the coroner's report. He died there on April 21 of a multiple organic fault.
The report concluded that Troyer's death was caused by "sequelae of alcohol intoxication."
Sequelae are a term that defines an action or condition that leads to another ailment or, in this case, to death.
"Based on history and circumstances as they are known today, the form of death is suicide," deputy medical researcher Martina Kennedy wrote in the report.
Troyer, who weighed only 55 pounds, arrived at the hospital with a blood alcohol level above 300 mg / ml, enough to be fatal in some adults.
He had called the paramedics to his house, saying repeatedly during his 911 call that he wanted to die. I would repeat those words again in the emergency room of the hospital, according to the report.
Troyer's representatives said at the time that the 49-year-old actor had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. He had been admitted to a hospital in similar conditions the previous year.
Troyer, who was only 2 feet 8 inches tall, was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that limits his height.
He became a star of Mini-Me to Myers & # 39; Dr. Evil and Austin Powers in the 1999 film "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and its 2002 sequel "Austin Powers in Goldmember".
He also played with the goblin banker Griphook in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and appeared in dozens of television shows, videos and other films in a career spanning more than 20 years.
After his hospitalization last year, he was candid about his drinking problem and said he had continued with his stay in a rehabilitation center.
"As you know, I have fought against alcohol addiction in the past and although it has not always been an easy fight, I am willing to continue my fight every day," he told People magazine at the time.
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