Verne Troyer cause of death being investigated

Verne Troyer’s cause of death is being investigated, the Los Angeles Coroner’s office confirms to Us Weekly.

“Verne Troyer was admitted into the hospital with a high level of alcohol in his system, where he passed out and became unconscious and he passed away. His body was turned over to the Coroner office,” a spokesperson for the Coroner’s office tells Us. “They did an autopsy on Verne and determined they needed additional testing, which is why the case has been deferred pending toxicology.”

The Austin Powers star’s spokesperson confirmed to Us on Saturday, April 21, that Troyer died at the age of 49. 

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement read. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday … Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately, this time was too much.”

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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)

The lengthy statement also addressed depression and suicide awareness: “During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”

TMZ reported in April that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone actor was hospitalized after a friend called the police and said Troyer was “extremely upset, drunk and suicidal.” He also was hospitalized for alcohol addition in 2017.

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