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22nd Apr 2018

Mike Myers pays touching tribute to fellow Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer

Alan Loughnane

Mike Myers has paid tribute to fellow actor Verne Troyer.

Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, died Saturday at the age of 49.

The two appeared together in two Austin Powers movies: 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember.

“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him,” Myers said in a statement.

“It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

Verne’s family announced the sad news of his passing on Instagram on Saturday saying: “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.”

They continued to say that: “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.”