'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Patrick Tadros

Troyer also starred in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Love Guru.

Verne Troyer, known for his infamous 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, according to TMZ.

The Austin Powers actor first began working in the 90s, appearing as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out. That was followed by small parts in Men in Black, Jingle 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.

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.