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It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. 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. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. 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. 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. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
This was a tough weekend. First, Avicii died last Friday. Then, Verne Troyer aka Mini-Me died on Saturday at the age of 49. I’d hate myself if I didn’t give Verne a shoutout on the blog because he gave me so many laughs over the years. The Austin Powers series will forever hold a special place in my heart. I constantly use quotes from the movies. I say “Allow myself to introduce…myself,” at least once a week. Behind it all was Mini-Me, who always stole the show. Most people will point to the prison rapping scene, but I LOVED when Austin gets on Mini-Me’s shoulders as they pretend to be a sailor in Goldmember. “One of us will have to go on the other one’s shoulders.” I lose it every time .
Verne is known for Mini-Me, but where he truly shined was on his Instagram. Verne’s account was one of my favorite follows because it was impossible to not have a smile on your face while scrolling through his pictures and videos.
Cooking a turkey that’s bigger than his body? Check.
Self-aware humor is the best.
That being said, nothing, and I mean NOTHING will ever top his dunk on the toy hoop. I was in tears after I watched it. The young fella got UP!
It’s sad to see that he was struggling with depression and suicide. You never truly know what someone is going through. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face, Verne. You will truly be missed. My heart goes out to his family at this time.