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<p>Threatening murder to control your daughter&#39;s sex life is soooo funny, right?</p> <p>Oh, wait, no it&#39;s not. It&#39;s horrifying &#8212; a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand.&#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/20/national-student-walkout-justin-blackman-not-only-one/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom,&quot; he wrote.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadBoys?src=hash&#38;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:#BadBoys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">#BadBoys</a> <a href="https://t.co/T5JRZQYq9e" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e</a></p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/987853794221350912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in <em>Bad Boys II </em>where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter&#39;s on a date.&#160;</p> <p>That movie came out in 2003, and it&#39;s debatable if the joke was funny even then.&#160;</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly not now.&#160;</p> <p>Obviously, we&#39;re in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there&#39;s also something to be said about the way Feely&#39;s &quot;joke&quot; denies his daughter&#39;s agency &#8212; which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions.&#160;</p> <p>That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago. <br><br>But sure, let&#39;s make jokes about murdering high schoolers. <a href="https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn</a></p> <p>&#8212; Geraldine (@everywhereist) <a href="https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/987928165916917760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of &#8220;let&#8217;s pretend I&#8217;m going to shoot my daughter&#8217;s date for for impugning her chastity&#8221; pics. <a href="https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV</a></p> <p>&#8212; Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) <a href="https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/987902393210695680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you&#8217;ll shoot her boyfriend.</p> <p>&#8212; Ally Maynard (@missmayn) <a href="https://twitter.com/missmayn/status/987916769368031234?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes &quot;gun safety seriously&quot; &#8212; adding that &quot;I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.&quot;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.<br>I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue</p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/988067986115149824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are &quot;not loaded,&quot; aren&#39;t jokes. And his daughter is not his property.&#160;</p> <p>In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/14/columbine-national-school-walkout/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Columbine school shooting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Columbine school shooting</a> that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead. &#160;</p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Gun-toting dad's threatening 'joke' about his daughter's prom date didn't go over well

Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote. 

Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in Bad Boys II where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter's on a date. 

That movie came out in 2003, and it's debatable if the joke was funny even then. 

It's certainly not now. 

Obviously, we're in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there's also something to be said about the way Feely's "joke" denies his daughter's agency — which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions. 

That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor. 

The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.

But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn

— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018

Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018

Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you’ll shoot her boyfriend.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) April 22, 2018

Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes "gun safety seriously" — adding that "I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.
I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are "not loaded," aren't jokes. And his daughter is not his property. 

In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead.  

<p>Threatening murder to control your daughter&#39;s sex life is soooo funny, right?</p> <p>Oh, wait, no it&#39;s not. It&#39;s horrifying &#8212; a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand.&#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/20/national-student-walkout-justin-blackman-not-only-one/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom,&quot; he wrote.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadBoys?src=hash&#38;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:#BadBoys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">#BadBoys</a> <a href="https://t.co/T5JRZQYq9e" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e</a></p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/987853794221350912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in <em>Bad Boys II </em>where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter&#39;s on a date.&#160;</p> <p>That movie came out in 2003, and it&#39;s debatable if the joke was funny even then.&#160;</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly not now.&#160;</p> <p>Obviously, we&#39;re in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there&#39;s also something to be said about the way Feely&#39;s &quot;joke&quot; denies his daughter&#39;s agency &#8212; which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions.&#160;</p> <p>That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago. <br><br>But sure, let&#39;s make jokes about murdering high schoolers. <a href="https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn</a></p> <p>&#8212; Geraldine (@everywhereist) <a href="https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/987928165916917760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of &#8220;let&#8217;s pretend I&#8217;m going to shoot my daughter&#8217;s date for for impugning her chastity&#8221; pics. <a href="https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV</a></p> <p>&#8212; Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) <a href="https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/987902393210695680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you&#8217;ll shoot her boyfriend.</p> <p>&#8212; Ally Maynard (@missmayn) <a href="https://twitter.com/missmayn/status/987916769368031234?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes &quot;gun safety seriously&quot; &#8212; adding that &quot;I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.&quot;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.<br>I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue</p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/988067986115149824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are &quot;not loaded,&quot; aren&#39;t jokes. And his daughter is not his property.&#160;</p> <p>In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/14/columbine-national-school-walkout/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Columbine school shooting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Columbine school shooting</a> that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead. &#160;</p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Gun-toting dad's threatening 'joke' about his daughter's prom date didn't go over well

Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote. 

Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in Bad Boys II where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter's on a date. 

That movie came out in 2003, and it's debatable if the joke was funny even then. 

It's certainly not now. 

Obviously, we're in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there's also something to be said about the way Feely's "joke" denies his daughter's agency — which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions. 

That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor. 

The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.

But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn

— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018

Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018

Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you’ll shoot her boyfriend.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) April 22, 2018

Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes "gun safety seriously" — adding that "I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.
I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are "not loaded," aren't jokes. And his daughter is not his property. 

In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead.  

<p>Threatening murder to control your daughter&#39;s sex life is soooo funny, right?</p> <p>Oh, wait, no it&#39;s not. It&#39;s horrifying &#8212; a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand.&#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/20/national-student-walkout-justin-blackman-not-only-one/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom,&quot; he wrote.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadBoys?src=hash&#38;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:#BadBoys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">#BadBoys</a> <a href="https://t.co/T5JRZQYq9e" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e</a></p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/987853794221350912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in <em>Bad Boys II </em>where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter&#39;s on a date.&#160;</p> <p>That movie came out in 2003, and it&#39;s debatable if the joke was funny even then.&#160;</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly not now.&#160;</p> <p>Obviously, we&#39;re in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there&#39;s also something to be said about the way Feely&#39;s &quot;joke&quot; denies his daughter&#39;s agency &#8212; which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions.&#160;</p> <p>That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago. <br><br>But sure, let&#39;s make jokes about murdering high schoolers. <a href="https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn</a></p> <p>&#8212; Geraldine (@everywhereist) <a href="https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/987928165916917760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of &#8220;let&#8217;s pretend I&#8217;m going to shoot my daughter&#8217;s date for for impugning her chastity&#8221; pics. <a href="https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV</a></p> <p>&#8212; Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) <a href="https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/987902393210695680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you&#8217;ll shoot her boyfriend.</p> <p>&#8212; Ally Maynard (@missmayn) <a href="https://twitter.com/missmayn/status/987916769368031234?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes &quot;gun safety seriously&quot; &#8212; adding that &quot;I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.&quot;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.<br>I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue</p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/988067986115149824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are &quot;not loaded,&quot; aren&#39;t jokes. And his daughter is not his property.&#160;</p> <p>In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/14/columbine-national-school-walkout/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Columbine school shooting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Columbine school shooting</a> that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead. &#160;</p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Gun-toting dad's threatening 'joke' about his daughter's prom date didn't go over well

Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote. 

Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in Bad Boys II where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter's on a date. 

That movie came out in 2003, and it's debatable if the joke was funny even then. 

It's certainly not now. 

Obviously, we're in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there's also something to be said about the way Feely's "joke" denies his daughter's agency — which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions. 

That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor. 

The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.

But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn

— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018

Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018

Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you’ll shoot her boyfriend.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) April 22, 2018

Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes "gun safety seriously" — adding that "I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.
I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are "not loaded," aren't jokes. And his daughter is not his property. 

In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead.  

<p>Threatening murder to control your daughter&#39;s sex life is soooo funny, right?</p> <p>Oh, wait, no it&#39;s not. It&#39;s horrifying &#8212; a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand.&#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/20/national-student-walkout-justin-blackman-not-only-one/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom,&quot; he wrote.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadBoys?src=hash&#38;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:#BadBoys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">#BadBoys</a> <a href="https://t.co/T5JRZQYq9e" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e</a></p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/987853794221350912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in <em>Bad Boys II </em>where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter&#39;s on a date.&#160;</p> <p>That movie came out in 2003, and it&#39;s debatable if the joke was funny even then.&#160;</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly not now.&#160;</p> <p>Obviously, we&#39;re in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there&#39;s also something to be said about the way Feely&#39;s &quot;joke&quot; denies his daughter&#39;s agency &#8212; which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions.&#160;</p> <p>That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago. <br><br>But sure, let&#39;s make jokes about murdering high schoolers. <a href="https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn</a></p> <p>&#8212; Geraldine (@everywhereist) <a href="https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/987928165916917760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of &#8220;let&#8217;s pretend I&#8217;m going to shoot my daughter&#8217;s date for for impugning her chastity&#8221; pics. <a href="https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV</a></p> <p>&#8212; Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) <a href="https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/987902393210695680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you&#8217;ll shoot her boyfriend.</p> <p>&#8212; Ally Maynard (@missmayn) <a href="https://twitter.com/missmayn/status/987916769368031234?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes &quot;gun safety seriously&quot; &#8212; adding that &quot;I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.&quot;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.<br>I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue</p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/988067986115149824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are &quot;not loaded,&quot; aren&#39;t jokes. And his daughter is not his property.&#160;</p> <p>In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/14/columbine-national-school-walkout/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Columbine school shooting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Columbine school shooting</a> that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead. &#160;</p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Gun-toting dad's threatening 'joke' about his daughter's prom date didn't go over well

Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote. 

Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in Bad Boys II where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter's on a date. 

That movie came out in 2003, and it's debatable if the joke was funny even then. 

It's certainly not now. 

Obviously, we're in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there's also something to be said about the way Feely's "joke" denies his daughter's agency — which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions. 

That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor. 

The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.

But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn

— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018

Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018

Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you’ll shoot her boyfriend.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) April 22, 2018

Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes "gun safety seriously" — adding that "I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.
I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are "not loaded," aren't jokes. And his daughter is not his property. 

In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead.  

<p>Threatening murder to control your daughter&#39;s sex life is soooo funny, right?</p> <p>Oh, wait, no it&#39;s not. It&#39;s horrifying &#8212; a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand.&#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/20/national-student-walkout-justin-blackman-not-only-one/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom,&quot; he wrote.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadBoys?src=hash&#38;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:#BadBoys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">#BadBoys</a> <a href="https://t.co/T5JRZQYq9e" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e</a></p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/987853794221350912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in <em>Bad Boys II </em>where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter&#39;s on a date.&#160;</p> <p>That movie came out in 2003, and it&#39;s debatable if the joke was funny even then.&#160;</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly not now.&#160;</p> <p>Obviously, we&#39;re in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there&#39;s also something to be said about the way Feely&#39;s &quot;joke&quot; denies his daughter&#39;s agency &#8212; which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions.&#160;</p> <p>That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor.&#160;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago. <br><br>But sure, let&#39;s make jokes about murdering high schoolers. <a href="https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn</a></p> <p>&#8212; Geraldine (@everywhereist) <a href="https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/987928165916917760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of &#8220;let&#8217;s pretend I&#8217;m going to shoot my daughter&#8217;s date for for impugning her chastity&#8221; pics. <a href="https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV</a></p> <p>&#8212; Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) <a href="https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/987902393210695680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <div><div><blockquote> <p>Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you&#8217;ll shoot her boyfriend.</p> <p>&#8212; Ally Maynard (@missmayn) <a href="https://twitter.com/missmayn/status/987916769368031234?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes &quot;gun safety seriously&quot; &#8212; adding that &quot;I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue.&quot;</p> <div><div><blockquote> <p>The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.<br>I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue</p> <p>&#8212; Jay Feely (@jayfeely) <a href="https://twitter.com/jayfeely/status/988067986115149824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:April 22, 2018" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">April 22, 2018</a></p> </blockquote></div></div> <p>But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are &quot;not loaded,&quot; aren&#39;t jokes. And his daughter is not his property.&#160;</p> <p>In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/14/columbine-national-school-walkout/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Columbine school shooting" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Columbine school shooting</a> that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead. &#160;</p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Gun-toting dad's threatening 'joke' about his daughter's prom date didn't go over well

Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand. 

"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote. 

Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in Bad Boys II where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter's on a date. 

That movie came out in 2003, and it's debatable if the joke was funny even then. 

It's certainly not now. 

Obviously, we're in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there's also something to be said about the way Feely's "joke" denies his daughter's agency — which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions. 

That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor. 

The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.

But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn

— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018

Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018

Cool to know if your daughter has any self agency you’ll shoot her boyfriend.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) April 22, 2018

Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes "gun safety seriously" — adding that "I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.
I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018

But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are "not loaded," aren't jokes. And his daughter is not his property. 

In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead.  

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

<p>Actor <a href="https://mashable.com/category/verne-troyer/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer</a> died on Saturday at the age of 49.&#160;</p> <p>Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the <em>Austin Powers</em> film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:An Instagram post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">An Instagram post</a> to his official account broke the sad news. &#160;</p> <div><p>SEE ALSO: <a href="https://mashable.com/2017/12/28/verne-troyer-tesla-christmas-video/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verne Troyer unboxes his new Tesla for Christmas and takes it for a spin</a></p></div> <p>&quot;Verne was an extremely caring individual,&quot; read the post. &quot;He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.&quot;</p> <div> <div><blockquote><div>  <p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2FcndHgkC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk: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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">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 &#38; television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con&#8217;s &#38; 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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne&#8217;s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/vernetroyer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verne Troyer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Verne Troyer</a> (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT</p> </div></blockquote></div> </div> <p>The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though <a href="http://people.com/movies/verne-troyer-hospitalized-for-reported-poisoning-a-year-after-battle-with-alcohol-addiction/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according to People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according to <em>People</em></a> he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he&#8217;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,&quot; noted the Instagram post.</p>  <p>Celebrating.</p><div><p>Image: Ethan Miller/getty</p></div><p>The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.</p> <p>&quot;Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,&quot; the statement reads. &quot;You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it&#8217;s never too late to reach out to someone for help.&quot;</p> <p>Troyer&#39;s <em>Austin Powers</em> pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: &quot;Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.&quot;</p> <p><em>If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the</em> <a href="http://www.crisistextline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crisis Text Line" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Crisis Text Line</em></a><em>&#160;at 741-741 or call the</em> <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</em></a> <em>at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a</em><a href="http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>list</em></a><em>&#160;of international resources.&#160;</em></p> <div> <h2><a href="https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/michael-phelps-mental-health/?utm_campaign=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full&#38;utm_cid=Mash-BD-Synd-Yahoo-Watercooler-Full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts</a></h2> <div>  </div> </div>
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-Me. An Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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

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

A post shared by Verne Troyer (@vernetroyer) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58pm PDT

The circumstances of his passing are as of yet unclear, though according to People he had in the past struggled with alcohol addition. 

"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," noted the Instagram post.

Celebrating.

Image: Ethan Miller/getty

The post also alludes to a struggle with depression, but does not explicitly say Verne died by suicide.

"Depression and Suicide are very serious issues," the statement reads. "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."

Troyer's Austin Powers pal Mike Myers had this to say in a statement: "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is alist of international resources. 

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