Verne Troyer Death Ruled Suicide by Alcohol Consumption

Verne Troyer committed suicide by drinking too much alcohol.

So states the official coroner’s report, which has come out about six months after the diminutive actor died at the age of 49.

On Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office closed its case on Troyer.

It did so by stating that the man best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise died of “suicide” and the cause listed was “sequelae of alcohol intoxication.”

You don’t see that term or that cause of death listed very often.

(Sequelae translates to “a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury.”)

When the 49-year-old was taken from his North Hollywood home to the hospital this spring, reports at the time indicated that he had three times the legal level of alcohol in his system.

The possiiblity that Troyer essentially drank himself to death on purpose was floated soon afterward by numerous sources and outlets.

But it had not been confirmed until now.

A year before he passed away, Troyer was also hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.

And, again, chatter that he was trying to kill himself at the time surfaced across the Internet.

Troyer even responded to this rumor in an Instagram post from April of 2017.

“I’ve been hearing from some concerned fans, so I’d like to address a very personal situation,” he wrote back then, adding:

“As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day.

Troyer added that he planned to check himself into a treatment center to “get the help that I need.”

Concluded the actor in this April 2016 message:

“I want to thank everyone that’s reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me. With your support, I got this.”

Tragically, just barely over a year later, he was dead.

“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him,” Austin Power star Mike Myers said in a statement after his friend died.

He added this past April:

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

After this tragic event, Troyer’s family also released that referred to the small star as “an extremely caring individual” who “wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.”

They said that for “anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.”

Troyer was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on April 3 with a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit, according to this new official report.

The actor dialed 911 himself, repeatedly saying on the call and when he arrived to the emergency room that he wanted to die.

“Based on the history and circumstances as currently known, the manner of death is suicide,” Deputy Medical Examiner Martina Kennedy wrote in the coroner’s report this week.


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Jill Janus, Singer of Rock Band Huntress, Commits Suicide

Jill Janus, the frontwoman for popular heavy metal band Huntress, was found dead on Tuesday, others in this group have confirmed.

She was 43 years old.

While details are still coming in regarding her passing, this is what band members wrote on Facebook last night as tragic confirmation of the news:

“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus – frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress – passed away on Tuesday, August. 14.

“A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.”

Continued this post:

“Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.”

Huntress were formed in 2009 and released its first album, Spell Eater, in 2012.

The band went on to release a further a pair of orther records as well, while supporting and opening at times for rock bands Motörhead and Lamb of God.

Best known for the singing gig described above with Huntress, Janus also sang for a handful of female metal cover bands over the years, including The Starbreakers and Chelsea Girls.

“Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine,” the Facebook message reads, concluding

“She will be missed more than she could have ever known.”

It is unclear at the moment just how Janus took her own life.

The artist was diagnosed with bipolar disease aged 20, telling Revolver magazine in 2015 that she struggled in high school after starting to show signs of this illness at 13 years old.

In response to this awful news, partner and Huntress member Blake Meahl paid tribute to Janus as follows yesterday:

“[We] spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress.

“The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion I have ever experienced. I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet.”

Added Lizzy Hale of Halestorm:

“I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone.

I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy.

janus tribute

To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here.

My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.


L.B. Bonner: What May Have Led the Reality Star to Commit Suicide?

We may have some new information on what drove L.B. Bonner to commit suicide last week.

As previously reported, the former 600-lb Life cast member took his own life via gunshot wound outside of his home in Lexington, South Carolina.

According to the official autopsy report, Bonner was discovered dead in a ditch.

What could have driven the 30-year old to make such a drastic decision?

That’s the most frustrating aspect of suicide in many ways: we’ll never know the answer.

But Bonner had to have his led amputated after getting into a severe car accident in 2013 and a friend tells Radar Online that the experience left Bonner not just physically scarred…

… but mentally scarred as well.

Following this incident, Bonner turned to food and alcohol, eventually climbing to 650 pounds before joining the cast of this TLC series and shedding the weight via diet, exercise and lap band surgery.

Still, the aforementioned friend, who is also an amputee, explains why losing one’s limb can leave a dangerous and lasting impression.

“I knew him when I lived in South Carolina,” this person tells Radar, explaining;

“He was a bouncer at night clubs we used to go to. Also, both of us are amputees.

“Both of us are also or were also members of the support group where you can speak to other issues that you’re going through.”

This friend says she lost touch with Bonner in recent years, but still feels as if she knew him well enough to speak on this tragedy.

“A lot of amputees think that they can’t do everything they used to do or get depressed or feel like someone would never want them. I’ve been lucky.

“I’ve always had the mentality that if someone tells me I can’t do something then I’m going to do it anyway with or without two legs.

“I think he tried to have that mentality, but with everything else he was dealing with…”

In March, Bonner started a GoFundMe page with a goal of earning $ 7,500 to pay for a new leg.

It does seem clear that the ex-reality star was affected tremendously by his amputation.

“My insurance won’t cover a new leg and I’ve gotten to the point where just walking is becoming very painful, let alone going to the gym and working out hard like I was before,” Bonner said this spring.

Still, he worked to lose over 300 pounds a few years ago and was considered a My 600-lb Life success story. He was also a fan favorite.

Viewers have taken his suicide very hard.


In the wake of Bonner’s passing, TLC issued the following statement:

On the show, viewers saw LB struggle with obesity following a tragic accident that claimed his right leg.

Even though he once weighed 650 pounds, LB’s hard work and dedication helped get him in the 200-pound range.

His spirit and determination as displayed through his story, quickly made LB a fan-favorite, and family & friends have taken to LB’s Facebook page to commemorate his life.

TLC was deeply saddened to hear of LB’s passing and is honored to have shared his honest and courageous story on My 600-lb Life.

May he rest in peace.