Verne Troyer's death ruled a suicide caused by alcohol abuse: L.A. coroner

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

When Verne Troyer died unexpectedly in April, there was speculation it was a suicide — and now the L.A. coroner’s report confirms it.

The case is officially closed on the death of the actor who was Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films with the report listing the manner of death as “suicide” and the cause being “sequelae of alcohol intoxication,” which is better described as alcohol abuse. (“Sequelae” means “a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury.”) When the 49-year-old was taken from his North Hollywood home to the hospital, it was reported that he had very high alcohol levels in his body, leading to alcohol poisoning.

The coroner’s report on Verne Troyer. (Image: lacounty.gov)

The Austin Powers films made the star — who was born with cartilage–hair hypoplasia — famous, leading to roles in other big projects, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. However, he was candid about battling alcohol addiction. Just a year earlier, he voluntarily checked into a treatment center. “As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day,” he said at the time.

When Troyer died, his family released a statement calling him “an extremely caring individual” who “wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.” They said that for “anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.” It also talked about his battle with depression.

Mike Myers, his Austin Powers co-star, called him “the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him.”

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