Barbara Bush. Avicii. Now Verne Troyer. It’s been a bad week for…people.
Verne Troyer, who played “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers films, died today, April 21st. No cause has been given, however, Troyer was said to be “extremely upset, drunk and suicidal” a few weeks ago. Back in early April, he was taken to a hospital for possible alcohol poisoning. Evidently, that was a preview of things to come.
According to TMZ, since then, he’s been on life support. Yeesh. He was also baptized following that which wasn’t a good sign either.
His people posted the sad news on Instagram.
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 to show 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. Photo by @paulmobleystudio
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.
They also mention this:
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.
That gives the idea that Troyer was battling some serious issues. Unfortunately, he couldn’t fight through them.
Troyer’s greatest claim to fame was Mini Me in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and its sequel, Austin Powers in Goldmember. Those released back in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Since then, he hadn’t had any roles even close in stature to those movies. He reunited with Mike Myers aka Austin Powers on The Love Guru in 2008, but that kinda sucked.
He landed on Celebrity Big Brother where producers forced him to dress up as a bear and eat honey. That’s not how you treat Mini Me.
We also nearly missed out on one of his greatest acting turns. His star turn playing himself in the Verne Troyer sex tape. TMZ had posted a clip of him tonguing his girlfriend Ranae Shrider which presumably led to Mini Me’s Mini Me coming out, but Troyer, unlike so many of these sex tape celebs, didn’t want the tape out. He sued TMZ for $20 million and the sex tape distributor SugarDVD for violating his privacy rights and trademark and copyright infringement. He eventually dropped the suit when SugarDVD agreed to never release it.
However, since Shrider ok’d the parts that TMZ released, they were still allowed to put up about 22 seconds of it.
Since these things leak, the full video is out there. Obviously, it’s very NSFW, the site is NSFW and only click through to Verne Troyer’s sex tape if you wanna see Mini Me perched atop his lady and giving her the business.
Honestly, this whole news is sad, but we should celebrate his life. Troyer was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Yet, he made it in Hollywood, where even the most genetically gifted actors and actresses get turned down on a daily basis. He overcame the odds, made a career for himself and powered through one of the toughest industries out there. He should be revered for that. RIP Verne.
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Wow, this is way out of left field. Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell passed away Wednesday night in Detroit. What a way to go…having to die in Detroit.
His rep, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement that the death was “sudden and unexpected.” He also said Cornell’s wife and family were in shock. No shit.
There’s no cause released yet, but the family will work with the medical examiner on finding the cause.
Soundgarden were one of the leaders of the 90’s grunge genre that produced Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Later, Cornell embarked on a solo career and joined Audioslave as their frontman.
More updates to come, but for now, enjoy some of Cornell’s tunes.
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, 73, passed away on Wednesday from cancer complications. He can now cut off faces in heaven.
While Demme is best known for Lambs, he also directed Philadelphia. I remember watching Philadelphia in middle school and not understanding a single thing about it. I was just happy that we were watching a movie during class.
Demme’s latest work was Ricki and The Flash, but let’s not hold that against him. He got to work with Meryl Streep and probably got paid pretty well. His latest good work was The Manchurian Candidate which was a before its time documentary about the 2016 election. Demme really doesn’t get enough credit for this movie. He predicted the future.
Silence of the Lambs cleaned up at the 1992 Oscars. The movie won best picture, Anthony Hopkins won best actor, Jodie Foster won best actress, and Demme won best director. Basically, Lambs is the perfect movie and should be required viewing for everyone.
On behalf of The Blemish, our condolences to Jonathan Demme and his family.
Funnyman Don Rickles has passed away at age 90. That’s the not the punchline.
Publicist Paul Shefrin stated that the cause of death was kidney failure. That sucks. Hollywood Reporter has a better summary of his life than I can provide. Probably because they wrote his obituary a few years ago and kept waiting for Rickles to die so they could publish it.
Some choice tidbits include Rickles referring to stupid people as “hockey pucks.” That’s very quaint. He also insulted every minority group out there.
Rickles also went after presidents. At an American Film Institute tribute, he said “I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks,” then followed up by saying, “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.” Yeesh.
Thirty some years ago, he went after Ronald Reagan.
I get his shtick. Pseudo-angry man. Really though, he was a teddy bear inside. I just made that up. I have no idea. Maybe he really was a raging racist. Nevertheless, kudos for sticking around so long.
Mary Tyler Moore, famed TV icon from the 1960’s and 1970’s, has passed away at 80. According to her rep Mara Buxbaum:
Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.
TMZ reports she had been on a respirator for a week. That sucks.
Moore made a name for herself on The Dick Van Dyke Show, then starred on her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was a seven time Emmy winner and also earned an Oscar nominee for Ordinary People.
Please don’t take Betty White, please don’t take Betty White.
Well this sucks. You can rewrite any Princess Leia cameos in upcoming Star Wars movies. Carrie Fisher died today at 60. Fisher had a massive heart attack on a plane back from London to LA last week. There was hope she could make it, after being stabilized and moved to ICU. But, alas, it wasn’t enough.
A family spokesman issued a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:
It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.
Fisher will forever be known as Princess Leia from the Star Wars trilogy. But she did have a career beyond those movies. She starred in The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally.
She also had a volatile marriage to Paul Simon in 1983. According to author Peter Ames Carlin, it was marked by Fisher’s depression and drug use before the pair divorced in 1984.
All light sabers will be at half-mast today.
England is killing celebs this Christmas season. First, Carrie Fischer has a massive heart attack on a flight back from London to Los Angeles. Now, it’s taken George Michael. The ex-Wham! singer, singer of “I Want Your Sex” and public bathroom masturbator died today at 53.
His publicist confirmed the news. “”It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.”
There is no cause of death given, but dying peacefully doesn’t happen at 53 does it?
Michael had a string of hits in the 1980’s. They included “Careless Whisper”, “Faith”, “I Want Your Sex”, “Father Figure” and so many more. His recent releases, recent meaning 2014 and a few years before, haven’t done so well, so people have forgotten how big he was in his prime.
Equally as notable as his sales history was that one time he got caught jerking off in public. Back in 1998, Michael was caught at Will Rogers Park in Los Angeles masturbating in a park bathroom, knowing he was being watched. As one cop in the bust said at the time, “we believe that Michael knew there was another individual who has walked into the bathroom and was aware of his presence.”
Enjoy some of Michael’s most famous tunes below.
Alan Thicke who played the father in the 1980s sitcom, Growing Pains, has died at 69. The series ran from 1985-1992 and featured Thicke as Dr. Jason Seaver. Dr. Seaver raised a household of four kids, one of whom was Kirk Cameron, who is really, really Christian.
According to TMZ, Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. That has gotta be tough for Carter, no jokes there.
TMZ also says Thicke started having chest pain, felt nauseous and vomited. Half an hour later, an ambulance took him to the hospital. He was pronounced dead around noon.
Thicke recently guest starred in the second season of the Fuller House reboot. I did not know they had a second season. This wasn’t a one off?
Funny, people see Thicke playing a dad on TV and then come to him for dad advice. Thicke only yesterday gave his best advice to new dads:
— Alan Thicke (@Alan_Thicke) December 13, 2016
Robin Williams just got some comedic company. Comedian Garry Shandling was found dead in his Los Angeles home today. He was 66. From TMZ:
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Shandling died from a massive heart attack, with no prior warning whatsoever.
Shandling called 911, but fell unconscious halfway through his call after telling the dispatcher he “was experiencing a severe medical emergency.”
What’s worse for a comedian: dying in front of an audience or dying without one?
The patron saint of wannabe MMA fighters everywhere passed away today. Christian Audigier, designer for Ed Hardy and Von Dutch, evidently lost a bout with cancer. All those skulls and dragons couldn’t help him in the end.
Audigier tried fighting off Myelodysplastic Syndrome, which if it’s as hard to battle as it is to pronounce, wasn’t much fun. The dude also worked with Guess, Diesel, American Outfitters and a bunch of other brands you typically walk right pass in the mall.
A.V. Club sums him up well:
He then took his uniquely spangled design sensibility to Ed Hardy, creating one of the signature looks of the era by licensing the tattoo artist’s designs and putting a bunch of rhinestones on them.
Ed Hardy, so great in filtering out the douchebags of the world. Your rhinestones will be missed.