O ator Verne Troyer. Foto: Fred Prouser / Reuters
O ator Verne Troyer, conhecido por ter interpretado o personagem Mini Mim nos filmes da série Austin Powers, morreu neste sábado, 21. O anúncio foi feito por sua família, em um comunicado em sua conta no Instagram.
"Durante seus últimos dias de adversidade, ele foi batizado enquanto estava cercado por sua família. [...] Depressão e suicídio são questões muito sérias. Você nunca sabe o tipo de batalha que alguém está travando dentro de si. Seja amigável com os outros. E sempre saiba, nunca é tarde demais para pedir ajuda a alguém", diz um trecho.
De acordo com o site TMZ, no início do mês, ele havia sido internado em um hospital após problemas com alcoolismo e vinha apresentando tendências suicidas. No último dia 3 de abril, sua família havia usado o mesmo perfil para pedir orações e pensamentos positivos ao ator.
Verne tinha acondroplasia, um tipo de nanismo que fez com que medisse 81 centímetros de altura. O fato lhe ajudou a conseguir o papel de Mini Mim, uma 'miniatura' do vilão Dr. Evil nos filmes Austin Powers.
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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