Verne Troyer: Cause of Death Revealed?

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On Saturday, news broke that accomplished actor Verne Troyer had tragically passed away.

The actor had faced serious health struggles since his meteoric rise to fame. He was even recently hospitalized.

Now, we know more. We may even know what finally claimed his life.

Verne Troyer in London

TMZ, who also broke the sad news of Verne's passing, has details from when Verne was admitted to the hospital.

For one thing, Verne had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was admitted.

When he called 911 in distress, he apparently shared that he was suicidal at the time.

Upon arrival at the hospital, he was unresponsive. And his body functions when down from there as his organs began shutting down.

He was placed on life support and then, as we are all keenly aware, he died.

Though the autopsy has been completed, the toxicology report is still pending. These things take time, no matter how much loved ones -- and fans -- yearn for answers.

Verne Troyer and Dogs

RadarOnline has learned a little more about Verne Troyer's tragic passing.

They quote a statement from the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Ed Winter.

Winter says:

"His case was reported as a possible suicide and that he was admitted with a very high level of alcohol in his system."

But even the medical examiner isn't fully prepared to disclose the results.

Not until that toxicology report comes back.

"His case is deferred at this time pending additional tests."

Like we said, these kinds of tests never come back within a few minutes like they do on crime dramas.

Verne Troyer is Dead

Verne's family released a statement, saying:

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today."

The news had broken, but this was confirmation for anyone still seeking it.

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible."

He was a source of joy for his fans.

"Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day."

If you've ever seen a photo of Verne with dogs (note that we included one in this photo), then he probably made your day at least a little better.

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"He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know."

That's certainly true.

"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."

That is so heartbreaking. And his family hints at what led to his end.

"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."

They also have a request for grieving fans.

"In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies."

Verne Troyer Sleeping

Just a couple of weeks before this tragic event, Verne Troyer was hospitalized.

Tragically, some people who struggle with substance abuse issues try to get help through detox programs ... during which their bodies then reduce their tolerance for the substance (like alcohol).

This can lead to a person accidentally overdosing on alcohol on what was previously an amount that they could handle drinking.

Some fans had wondered if this is what had happened to Verne.

With the revelation that Verne told the 911 operator that he was suicidal and with what his family mentioned in their statement, it sounds like perhaps, at his lowest moment, Verne became a victim of suicide.

But let's wait to know more about this terrible loss until there's an official statement on the matter.

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