Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Dr. Evil’s Mini-Me opposite Mike Myers in the Austin Powers movie trilogy, has died at age 49. A statement posted on the late actor’s official Facebook page revealed that Verne passed away after years of personal battles. No cause of death was given, but the statement included a message about depression and suicide.\nVerne Troyer’s versatile career allowed him to form friendships all over the Hollywood spectrum. From movie and TV stars to musicians and wrestling personalities, Verne was a friend to many stars in the entertainment industry, many of whom paid tribute to him after his sudden death.\nIn a statement posted by the Hollywood Reporter, Troyer’s Austin Powers director, Jay Roach, remembered the late star as “a joyful collaborator, and a true master of comedic acting, a director’s dream.”\n“He elevated the character that Mike Meyers and Michael McCullers wrote and helped turn Mini-Me into an unforgettable, iconic character, known and referenced around the world. I feel lucky I got to know him and work with him,” Roach said.\nIn addition, Austin Powers star Mike Meyers issued a statement about the death of Verne Troyer.\n“Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”\n\nMike Myers Speaks Out After the Death of Austin Powers Co-Star Verne Troyer https://t.co/aB10PLIySu\n— E! News (@enews) April 22, 2018\n\nWhile he will forever be known for his role as Mini-Me, the character that he debuted in the 1999 movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Verne Troyer also famously played the character Griphook in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Verne was also a familiar face on TV, appearing in guest roles on hit shows like Scrubs and Two and a Half Men, and he was a cast member on the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life. In addition, Troyer was a regular guest on WWE Raw as a guest general manager. In 2004, Troyer even revived his Mini-Me character for a spoof for the Ludacris music video “Number One Spot.”\nAfter Verne Troyer’s death was announced, Ludacris remembered his music video co-star, captioning an Instagram still from their “Number One Spot” video with, “R.I.P. Verne Troyer aka Mini-Me. You made it to that #1 Spot Glad we got to make history together. #goontosoon #love.”\nTroyer was also remembered by the WWE and longtime superstar the Miz, who wrote, “Gonna miss #VerneTroyer. Thanks for the laughs. Rest in peace bud.”\nWWE legend Chris Jericho also recalled working with Troyer, writing, “Sorry to hear of the passing of @vernetroyer…we had a great night on #Raw ten years ago and he was a blast work with. Thx for being cool man!”\nMotley Crue drummer Tommy Lee posted a group shot with Troyer with the caption, “Gonna miss my lil buddy! @VerneTroyer RIP homie the whole world’s gonna miss you!\nSkateboard superstar Tony Hawk wrote, “Thanks for all the laughs, generosity and heartfelt support, @VerneTroyer; I will always be a big fan, and it was a huge honor when you bought my used shoes and skateboard at our @THF auction.”\nOther stars, including Verne Troyer’s friend Dean Cain, rapper Vanilla Ice, actresses Marlee Matlin and Shannon Elizabeth, and rock star Slash paid tribute to the late actor.\n“RIP #VerneTroyer you will be missed,” Slash wrote on Instagram.\nYou can see some of the celebrity tweets about Verne Troyer’s death below.\n\nRIP #Vernetroyer @VerneTroyer You lived a big life, my friend. pic.twitter.com/STPzAn0VM6\n— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) April 21, 2018\n\n\nSo sad to read of the passing of Verne Troyer. A lovely smile with a caring and big heart, he helped raise money on behalf of @starkeycares for free hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing people. RIP pic.twitter.com/pgA91tWPo6\n— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 21, 2018\n\n\n#RIPVerneTroyer sad to loose a #LEGEND and friend — LONG LIVE my little Buddy @VerneTroyer #VerneTroyer pic.twitter.com/kVrDeIWGiC\n— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) April 21, 2018\n\n\nRIP & fly with the angels @VerneTroyer. Thank you for all you gave the world. You are already missed… pic.twitter.com/RQVjxWvz1Z\n— Shannon Elizabeth (@ShannonElizab) April 21, 2018\n\nTake a look at the video below to see Verne Troyer’s debut scene as Mini-Me in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.