American actor and comedian Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the James Bond-spoofing series, died at age 49.

The reason and place of death have not yet been announced to the public, but the family wrote that “depression and suicide are very serious issues”. The statement highlights the depression and suicidal tendencies of the actor.

“You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. But be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help,” they said.

He had been admitted to hospital earlier this month and last year had made public his battle with alcohol addiction. He was recently baptized while surrounded by family, the message added.

Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, publicly talked about his struggle with alcohol. He was also in the movie “Harry Potter and the Stone of Wisdom”.

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Troyer, left, as Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

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