Mike Myers Pays Tribute To Late 'Austin Powers' Co-Star Verne Troyer

"He will be greatly missed."

Over the weekend, Verne Troyer died. Stars and fans alike have been remembering the actor, who is best known for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers films, and co-star Mike Myers has spoken out about the loss.

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"Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him," Myers said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

While he didn't appear in the first Austin Powers movie, 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Troyer and Myers starred in the two follow-ups together, 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember. In addition to this franchise, Troyer also acted and completed stunts in films such as Men in Black, Mighty Joe Young, Bubble Boy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Love Guru, just to name a few. He was 49 at the time of death.

News of Troyer's passing first appeared on his social media on Sunday, April 22. The lengthy statement notes that Troyer "was an extremely caring individual," that "he wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh," and that he would help anyone and everyone who was in need however much he could.

"He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude," the post reads. "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."

While no cause of death has yet to be revealed, the initial post acknowledges that Troyer "was also a fighter when it came to his own battles" and says "unfortunately this time was too much" for him.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the post continues. "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, the Troyer camp asks for donations to be made in the actor's name to charities that he supported — either The Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides hearing aids to people around the world, and Best Buddies, an organization that strives to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

Cover image: Fred Prouser / Reuters

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