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Verne Troyer is Hopefully in a “Better Place,” Mike Myers Says

Over the past few hours, many people who knew Verne Troyer well have reacted to the sad news of his passing.

As previously reported, Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49.

The tragic development came mere days after many outlets also reported that Troyer had been hospitalized due to excessive drinking and what many believe had been a suicide attempt.

No cause of death had been revealed at the time of this writing.

Of all the tributes posted on Troyer’s honor, however, the most noteworthy and heartbreaking comes from Mike Myers.

The 54-year old co-starred with Troyer in the Austin Powers franchise, portraying Dr. Evil to Troyer’s Mini-Me. It was the role for which Troyer would forever be best known.

“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 obtained by Entertainment Weekly on Saturday.

He added:

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

Troyer’s major acting break came in 1999 due to the role of Mini-Me in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

He reprised this role in the 2002 sequel, Austin Powers in Goldmember.

The actor had reportedly battled alcoholism for years and had checked into rehab on several occasions.

Alas, he never received the help he so badly needed.

Said Troyer’s family in a statement on Saturday afternoon:

“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.”

On April 2, Troyer – who was born with achondroplasia dwarfism and listed at 2’8″ – was rushed to the hospital for a “reported poisoning.”

The Los Angeles City Fire Department confirmed to People Magazine that they were called to the actor’s North Hollywood home and that Troyer was “extremely upset, drunk and suicidal” at the scene.

We expect more to be revealed about his cause of death in the days ahead.

For now, a statement on Troyer’s Instagram page concludes as follows:

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.

Over the past few years, Troyer became known for his appearances in reality television.

The troubled actor had stints on Celebrity Juice, Celebrity Wife Swap, and The Surreal Life.

May he rest in peace.

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Mike MacDonald Dies; Stand-Up Comedian Was 63

Mike MacDonald, a popular stand-up comedian well known and respected throughout Canada, passed away on Saturday at Ottawa Heart Institute as a result of heart complications.

He was 63 years old.

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MacDonald’s brother confirmed this sad piece of news to CTV News early on Sunday.

The passing has especially resonated in Montreal because MacDonald had performed at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs comedy festival more times than any other performer.

Tweeted this event from its official social media account:

“Saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friends and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald.

“Over the years he has graced our stages more than any other comic and will be greatly missed.”

The son of a Royal Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald was actually born in Metz, France.

He started his comedy career at the age of 24, moving to Toronto in order to perform at various venues once he quit his full-time job in order to focus on this industry for a living.

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In the wake of MacDonald’s passing

Over the years, MacDonald was featured on such programs as Late Night with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show, while also starring in three specials for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

They were: “Mike MacDonald; On Target,” “My House! My Rules!,” and “Happy As I Can Be.”

In 2013, MacDonald underwent liver transplant surgery after a hepatitis C diagnosis two years earlier progressed to the point of organ failure.

It is unknown at this time whether that condition contributed to his unexpected death over the weekend.

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In the wake of MacDonald’s passing, numerous comedians and entertainers took to Twitter in order to mourn the hilarious star.

To wit…

Marc Maron: “Mike MacDonald died yesterday.He was the real deal. Comedy warrior. RIP.”

Jim Gaffigan: So sad to hear about Mike MacDonald. I had the pleasure of performing with Canadian comedy legend a couple times. Once at a [Just for Laughs] gala and recently when I performed in Ottawa…On both occasions he was pure class and funny as hell.”

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Jeremy Hotz: “I am pained to inform you that my friend and comedy mentor Mike MacDonald has passed away. Mike was a ferociously funny man. We shared so many good times. Thanks for taking me under your wing way back in the day. You were a great comic. You did your country proud.”

Kathy Griffin: “RIP. Respect must be paid. Thank you for the laughs, Mike. Thank you for the work ethic and being a real deal comic influencer.”

We send our thoughts to the comic’s loved ones.

May Mike MacDonald rest in peace.

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