Vanilla Ice leads tributes to Mini Me actor Verne Troyer after his shock death

Celebrity tributes to Verne Troyer are coming in thick and fast after his tragic death this afternoon.

The Austin Powers star died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49.

His cause of death is yet to be confirmed but a statement on his Instagram page made reference to the issues of "depression and suicide".

Rapper Vanilla Ice lead the outpouring of love as he shared a picture of himself with his "little buddy".

He tweeted: "# RIPVerneTroyer sad to loose a # LEGEND and friend — LONG LIVE my little Buddy @ VerneTroyer."

Meanwhile, another rapper Ludacris shared a tribute to Verne after they worked together on the music video for his 2004 hit Number One Spot.

The song heavily referenced Austin Powers and had a cameo from Verne as Mini-Me in the video.

"R.I.P. Verne Troyer aka Mini Me. You made it to that #1 Spot. Glad we got to make history together. #goontosoon #love," the rapper wrote on Instagram.

Mike Myers wrote of his fellow Austin Powers star: ‘Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him.’

Meanwhile Peter Andre, who met the star several times during his visits to the UK, also paid tribute.

He tweeted: "Very sad to hear Verne has passed away. A lovely guy I had the pleasure of meeting a few times. RIP."

The L Word actress Marlee Matlin also paid tribute.

She tweeted: "So 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."

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 "R.I.P Verne Troyer" along with the image.

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