A coroner has ruled Verne Troyer’s death as a suicide

Verne was known for playing Mini Me in Austin Powers

Verne Troyer

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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A coroner in Los Angeles has ruled that Verne Troyer's death was a suicide, after weeks of sadness. Verne Troyer died in April this year, and was known to battle problems with alcoholism.

The actor, who was best-known for playing the role of Mini Me, in the second Austin Powers film, spent the final weeks of his life in a Los Angeles hospital, being treated for alcohol intoxication. Now, after the autopsy and further tests, his death has been ruled as a suicide.

This sad news comes just a day after World Mental Health Day, which saw celebrities speak out about their experiences with mental health problems and how they deal with them.

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Love Island star Kem Cetinay recently opened up about his previous mental health issues revealing that his mum didn't want him to go on the reality TV show, because he suffered from "PTSD and bad mental health", after dealing with a traumatic experience where his mum nearly died when he was 13.

Kem joined us at heat to talk about his mental health and revealed that appearing on Love Island actually helped open up the conversation around mental health.

As part of our Where's Your Head At? campaign, Kem told us about his anxiety revealing it feels "like the whole world is coming down on you at once – it happens so quick. You don’t really know what’s happening, you don’t feel in control."

Over the years, the reality TV star has learnt how to manage his anxiety through various techniques saying, "I first started to use breathing techniques, where I’d breath in for four seconds and breath out for five, and it would distract me from what I was feeling."

Watch our interview with Kem Cetinay below:

Earlier this week, heat teamed up with mental health campaigner Natasha Devon OBE, Mental Health First Aid England and a raft of celebrities, calling for workplace to make better provisions for mental health in the workplace. We’ve had almost 200,000 signatures on our petition and took it to Theresa May on Monday (8th October).

Swipe through our photos from when our petition was delivered to Theresa May:


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Rachel Riley showing her support for having mental health first aiders at work.

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Ashley James came out to support our campaign.

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Rachel helping us deliver the petition to Theresa May.

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We were joined by activists, celebrities, MPs and editors alike.

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Help support our campaign by signing the petition here.

Where’s Your Head At? is a campaign that will improve the mental health of the nation by ensuring employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce. We want to make it easy for you to talk about your mental health at work, by ensuring that there are trained colleagues on-site who know how to point you in the direction of any help you might need.

We need YOUR help to make it a legal requirement to have a trained mental health first aider in every workplace or college. Please sign our petition at wheresyourheadat.org and use the hashtag #WheresYourHeadAt to support the campaign.

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