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Austin Powers actor Troyer's death from alcoholism is ruled as suicide

Austin Powers star Verne Troyer's death was suicide, a coroner in Los Angeles has said.

The US actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the spy comedy franchise had openly battled alcoholism and died aged 49 in April.

Troyer had been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland in the last years of his life.

He was born with a form of dwarfism that stopped him growing past 2ft 8ins, and spent the final three weeks of his life in hospital in LA for alcohol intoxication.

Following an autopsy and further tests, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said yesterday that Troyer died on April 21 from the effects of alcohol.

They ruled that his death was a suicide.

Following the death tributes flooded in from fellow celebrities.

American glamour model Carmen Electra shared a snap of the two of them on Instagram in which she can be seen holding Troyer in her arms.

The Baywatch actress simply posted "RIP Verne Troyer" along with the image.

West Wing star Marlee Matlin took to Twitter in the wake of the news, describing him as having a "lovely smile with a caring and big heart".

Singer Vanilla Ice and American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth also posted images of themselves with Troyer following the news of his death.

As well as Austin Powers, Troyer starred in films including Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Men In Black. He also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009

The actor had visited Northern Ireland on a number occasions, including for the filming of Keith Lemon: The Film with Leigh Francis and Kelly Brook in 2011.

That year he sent "a substantial sum" to the Ballymoney charity Compass Advocacy Network after it was hit by burglars.

In an interview with Sunday Life during a personal appearance at Sense nightclub in Cookstown he spoke of his love for this part of the world.

"The people were very nice, the history is amazing," he said.

"I had a look at some of the murals and signed the peace wall - I can't remember where at, though."

Renowned for his role as the side-kick of Dr Evil (Mike Myers) in the spy spoof movies, it wasn't just Belfast that the pint-sized actor fell in love with.

"The women are so beautiful," he added.

"I have met loads of girls from here and you definitely pay a little bit more attention to them. The way they speak is beautiful, I love it."

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