Verne Troyer’s battle with alcohol addiction after he dies aged 49

Verne Troyer had struggled with demons for years and in the weeks before his death he was placed under involuntary psychiatric hold after his worried friends rang the emergency services for help.

The actor, who was just 49 when he passed away on Saturday, had been in rehab a number of times and in 2002 he almost died from alcohol poisoning.

Last April – almost exactly a year ago – he told fans he was voluntarily checking himself into a treatment centre.

"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," he wrote on social media at the time.

In a tribute to the Austin Powers star shared on his Facebook page today, it also made reference to the actor’s struggles over the years.

As well as describing him as an "extremely caring individual" and an inspiration to those who knew him, it went on: "Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles.

"Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much," it said.

The star, who started his acting career in 1994, had also been baptised in the weeks before his passing.

"During this recent time of adversity he was baptised while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help."

Earlier this month the Austin Powers actor was being kept under observation after he was rushed to hospital from his north Hollywood home amid concerns he was "extremely upset, drunk and suicidal", one of his friends told paramedics.

It was believed Verne was kept in hospital for 72 hours so doctors could evaluate and treat him.

A representative of the star told the Mirror at the time: "Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers.

"He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated."

Verne had also been seen drunk on TV in the past. In an appearance on The Surreal Life in 2005, he drunkenly stripped naked and peed on the floor.

A few years later, he took part in Celebrity Big Brother and crashed his motorised scooter into a door after becoming intoxicated.

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