'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, best known to audiences for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49. 

Troyer, who has publicly battled alcoholism, was first admitted to the hospital earlier this month after authorities were made aware that he was drunk and suicidal. There, he was treated for possible alcohol poisoning, according to TMZ.

The Austin Powers actor first began working in the mid-90s, appearing as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out. That was followed by small parts in Men in BlackJingle All the Way and Dustin Checks In. His big break came in 1999 when he co-starred in the Austin Powers sequel The Spy Who Shagged Me. Additional movie credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bubble Boy and The Love Guru.

Troyer’s resume extends to TV, having guest-starred in episodes of Boston Public, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs and Two and a Half Men. He also appeared on the reality shows Celebrity Wife Swap and The Surreal Life.

Troyer was born with a disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism. At 2 ft 8 in, he was one of the shortest men in the world.

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Verne Troyer attends Chiller Theater Expo Winter 2017 at Parsippany Hilton on October 28, 2017 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Verne Troyer attends the premiere of 'Boo! A Madea Halloween' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on October 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Verne Troyer attends the Get Lucky for Lupus LA Celebrity Poker Tournament at Avalon on September 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Verne Troyer attends the premiere of Studio 71's 'Rush: Inspired By Battlefield' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 19, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: Actor Verne Troyer arrives at the 7th Annual Big Fighters, Big Cause Charity Boxing Night Benefiting The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on May 25, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Verne Troyer attends Best Buddies Miami Gala 2015 - Silent Auction at Ice Palace on November 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Verne Troyer attends the premiere of 'Convenience' at Curzon Soho on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: Verne Troyer attends Muhammad Ali's 'Celebrity Fight Night' at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Verne Troyer/Hines Ward' - Actor Verne Troyer ('Austin Powers') and former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward ('Dancing with the Stars') are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 (10:00--11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Verne Troyer is best known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie franchise. He resides in Los Angeles, CA with his girlfriend Brittney and her son Tyson where Brittney takes the lead on parenting Tyson who is allowed to have 'free range,' coming and going as he pleases. Verne finds it hard to navigate and go outside without being recognized, so as a result, he enjoys spending the majority of his time at home in his game room, which is the only room in his home designed to accommodate his small stature. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Verne Troyer attend the 18th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala: Southeast Asia at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on November 21, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Verne Troyer attends day one of the Alamo City Comic Con at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on September 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Verne Troyer arrives for the 11th Annual Tony Hawk's Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit - Arrivals at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on September 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JULY 20: Verne Troyer walks the red carpet at the 2014 Starkey Hearing Foundation So The World May Hear Gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre on July 20, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota.(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Verne Troyer attends the 'Get Lucky For Lupus LA!' celebrity poker tournament at Avalon on September 18, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 18: Actor Verne Troyer attends the Team Maria benefit for Best Buddies at Montage Beverly Hills on August 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 22: Actor Verne Troyer arrives at Disney's 'The Lone Ranger' World Premiere at Disney's California Adventure on June 22, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
ROSEMONT, IL - AUGUST 09: Actor Verne Troyer attends Day 1 of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 9, 2013 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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