Actor Verne Troyer, known for his role as "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movie series, has been confirmed dead as reported USA Today.  No cause of death was announced, however USA Today noted that the actor had a history of battles with addiction and mental health issues, and was recently hospitalized for an emergency that was believed to be alcohol-related.  USA Today has the official statement given by Verne Troyer's representative.

I was fairly young when "Mini Me" became a main stream cinematic character, and I became a huge fan.  Those were in fact some of my favorite movies at the time.  Verne Troyer of course did many other projects, and even had some of his struggles portrayed on reality TV in "The Surreal Life" on VH1.  It seems like they may have gotten the best of him from what I've read. Despite the cause of death, this is a sad circumstance, and I know that I'll be watching some Austin Powers tonight.