There's sad news out of Hollywood today. Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer has died at age 49. The beloved star is survived by his family and his longtime girlfriend. Verne Troyer's girlfriend Brittney Powell is a familiar face to movie and TV fans as well. While it's unclear exactly how long she and Troyer were together, the two have been dating since at least 2015 when they starred in an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap together.
Troyer's family confirmed the news of his death on Instagram. Their statement reads,
"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.
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. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.
He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there toshow everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.
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.
During this recent time of adversity he was baptized 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.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."
Powell, who is not active on social media, has not yet released a statement about the actor's passing. However, reality show appearance aside, the couple was always private. While they did not have any children, Powell does have a son, Tyson, from a previous relationship.
For '90s kids, Powell is a familiar face. The actor is best known for her roles in Airborne, Boy Meets World, Friends, and Xena: Warrior Princess. More recently, she starred in and co-wrote the action film Trouble Is My Business. She has been active in the convention circle in the past, especially in connection with her Xena role.
Meanwhile, Troyer is best known for his roles as Mini Me in the Austin Powers' series and Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Like his girlfriend, he was known for interacting with his fans as well, and he even had his own YouTube channel.
This is no doubt a difficult time for Powell. Even though the couple wasn't constantly in the media spotlight, their bond must have been a special one. Troyer will be missed by so many people, but his passing is surely particularly difficult for his longtime girlfriend.
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.