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Verne Troyer's death at age 49 gets reaction from Hollywood stars like Ludacris and Marlee Matlin

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Actor Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died aged 49.

Stars were quick to react to his sad passing.

Ludacris posted a photo tribute showing the star rocking an Afro wig while in a baby carrier on the rapper’s front, captioned: ‘T.I.P. Verne Troyer aka Mini Me. You made it to that #1 Spot Glad we got to make history together. #goontosoon #love’ 

Just the two of us: Ludacris posted a photo tribute showing the star rocking an Afro wig while in a baby carrier on the rapper's front

Just the two of us: Ludacris posted a photo tribute showing the star rocking an Afro wig while in a baby carrier on the rapper’s front

His Austin Powers co-star Mike Myers offered heartfelt message via The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker’s Twitter, reading: ‘Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him.’ 

The Canadian comic continued, writing: ‘It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.’ 

Marlee Matlin shared a photo with Troyer and said, ‘So sad to read of the passing of Verne Troyer, A lovely smile with a caring and big heart.’ 

Great co-worker: Mike Myers (above with Verne in 2000) offered heartfelt message via The Hollywood Reporter's Ryan Parker's Twitter, reading: 'Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him'

Great co-worker: Mike Myers (above with Verne in 2000) offered heartfelt message via The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker’s Twitter, reading: ‘Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him’

She continued, writing: ‘He helped raise money on behalf of @starkeycares for free hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing people. RIP.’ 

Shannon Elizabeth shared an old photo with him adding, ‘RIP & fly with the angels @VerneTroyer. Thank you for all you gave the world. You are already missed…’

Patrick Schwarzenegger wrote, ‘R.I.P. @VerneTroyer Brought me too many laughs.’

A better place: 'The Canadian comic continued, writing: 'It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed'

A better place: ‘The Canadian comic continued, writing: ‘It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed’

Heartfelt: Actor Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died aged 49. Stars were quick to react to his sad passing. Marlee Matlin was one of the first

Heartfelt: Actor Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died aged 49. Stars were quick to react to his sad passing. Marlee Matlin was one of the first

Her pal: Carmen Electra shared a photo with him at an awards show where she was holding him. Her caption read: 'R.I.P. Verne Troyer'

Her pal: Carmen Electra shared a photo with him at an awards show where she was holding him. Her caption read: ‘R.I.P. Verne Troyer’

Fan: Austin Creed said, 'So sad to hear about the passing of Verne Troyer. I'm glad that I got the chance to meet him tho, he was super nice when we were at E3.'

Fan: Austin Creed said, ‘So sad to hear about the passing of Verne Troyer. I’m glad that I got the chance to meet him tho, he was super nice when we were at E3.’

Vanilla Ice, now a reality TV star, said: ‘#RIPVerneTroyer sad to loose a #LEGEND and friend— LONG LIVE my little Buddy @VerneTroyer #VerneTroyer.’ 

Anna Faith shared a photo with Verne while he was at a fan signing.  

‘You will truly be missed.. You will be remembered in the hearts of millions. Always. @VerneTroyer,’ she said. 

Austin Creed said, ‘So sad to hear about the passing of Verne Troyer. I’m glad that I got the chance to meet him tho, he was super nice when we were at E3.’ 

Remembered: Singer Ludacris said, 'R.I.P. Verne Troyer aka Mini Me. You made it to that #1 Spot Glad we got to make history… '

Remembered: Singer Ludacris said, ‘R.I.P. Verne Troyer aka Mini Me. You made it to that #1 Spot Glad we got to make history… ‘

Angel of mine: Shannon Elizabeth shared an old photo with him adding, 'RIP & fly with the angels @VerneTroyer. Thank you for all you gave the world. You are already missed...'

Angel of mine: Shannon Elizabeth shared an old photo with him adding, ‘RIP & fly with the angels @VerneTroyer. Thank you for all you gave the world. You are already missed…’

DJ Steve Aoki wrote: ‘Fucking devastated. My brother @vernetroyer I miss u and wish I could been there. I fucking miss u man. Fuck fuck I miss u’ along with pictures of the pair.

School Of Rock actor Tony Cavalero wrote: ‘So saddened by the loss of Verne. He was hilarious, extremely generous, and a real sweet guy.’

He shared a message to those struggling with alcoholism: ‘*PLEASE: if you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol. THERE’S HELP. “We are without defense against the first drink, our defense must come from a power greater than ourselves.”‘

Laugh out loud: Patrick Schwarzenegger wrote, 'R.I.P. @VerneTroyer Brought me too many laughs'

Laugh out loud: Patrick Schwarzenegger wrote, ‘R.I.P. @VerneTroyer Brought me too many laughs’

A friend remembered: Vanilla Ice, now a reality TV star, said: '#RIPVerneTroyer sad to loose a #LEGEND and friend— LONG LIVE my little Buddy @VerneTroyer #VerneTroyer'

A friend remembered: Vanilla Ice, now a reality TV star, said: ‘#RIPVerneTroyer sad to loose a #LEGEND and friend— LONG LIVE my little Buddy @VerneTroyer #VerneTroyer’

A statement on his Facebook and Instagram on Saturday afternoon said Troyer, who was admitted to hospital last week amid reports he was feeling suicidal, had struggled with depression and alcoholism.

‘It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today’, they said. ‘Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.’

Troyer is survived by his girlfriend, German-American actress Brittney Powell, 43, who appeared with him on Celebrity Wife Swap in May 2015. The actor also appeared on UK Celebrity Big Brother in 2009. 

'Devastated': DJ Steve Aoki wrote: 'Fucking devastated. My brother @vernetroyer I miss u and wish I could been there. I fucking miss u man. Fuck fuck I miss u' along with pictures of the pair

‘Devastated’: DJ Steve Aoki wrote: ‘Fucking devastated. My brother @vernetroyer I miss u and wish I could been there. I fucking miss u man. Fuck fuck I miss u’ along with pictures of the pair

Two cool: Tom Savini said that Verne was his 'buddy' and he shared a fun photo

Two cool: Tom Savini said that Verne was his ‘buddy’ and he shared a fun photo

His death comes after earlier this month he was rushed to the emergency room when his friend called 911 saying the actor was ‘drunk and suicidal’.

Troyer was taken away for a medical examination on April 3 and medics were checking him for possible alcohol poisoning. 

The longtime actor has struggled with depression and alcoholism for years. He checked into a rehab clinic last year to recover from alcohol abuse.

At the time, Troyer sent a message to his fans through TMZ and told them: ‘With your support, I got this.’

'Sweet': School Of Rock actor Tony Cavalero wrote: 'So saddened by the loss of Verne. He was hilarious, extremely generous, and a real sweet guy'

‘Sweet’: School Of Rock actor Tony Cavalero wrote: ‘So saddened by the loss of Verne. He was hilarious, extremely generous, and a real sweet guy’

'Missed': Anna Faith shared a photo with Verne while he was at a fan signing

‘Missed’: Anna Faith shared a photo with Verne while he was at a fan signing

His family also posted on his personal Instagram April 3 with the message: ‘Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.’

Troyer was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, which is a genetic disorder prevents cartridge from forming large bones in the body. He used a scooter to help him get around.

He grew up on a farm in Sturgis, Michigan, but said he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized sibling and always dreamed about moving into show business.

His big role: The actor with Mike Myers in the 1999 hit film Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me

His big role: The actor with Mike Myers in the 1999 hit film Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me

One of his first major roles was after he moved to Arlington, Texas, where he starred as a stuntman for a 9-month-old baby in a film called Baby’s Day Out in 1994.

The actor then got his big break when he was cast in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999 as Mini-Me.

Since his role in the Powers franchise, he also snagged parts in The Love Guru, Bubble Boy and Postal.

Troyer also appeared in popular reality shows over the years including Celebrity Juice, Celebrity Wife Swap and The Surreal Life. 

His Mrs: Troyer is survived by his girlfriend, German-American actress Brittney Powell, 43, who appeared with him on Celebrity Wife Swap in May 2015

His Mrs: Troyer is survived by his girlfriend, German-American actress Brittney Powell, 43, who appeared with him on Celebrity Wife Swap in May 2015

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