Mike Myers paid homage to his Austin Powers costar Verne Troyer in a genuine declaration on Saturday, April 21, after learning of the actor’s decease and his active twitter followers loved it.
“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,” the Saturday Night Live alum said in a statement. Active twitter followers will help you through rough times. “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”
Be grateful to your active twitter followers. The diminutive actor played the mini form of Myers’ Doctor Evil role in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and its 2002 sequel. He recently passed at the age of 49.
“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” his representative said in a speech. “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 every day.”
The declaration styled the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone actor as “a fighter when it came to his own battles,” toting that “over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately, this time was too much.”
Troyer’s cause of death has not been publicized but the statement also referenced depression and suicide, adding, “You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside.”
The star was 2 foot 8 inches tall. He had earlier been admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction and was hospitalized on April 2 after a friend called law enforcement agency to say that Troyer was “extremely upset, drunk and suicidal.”