Verne Troyer has been admitted to a hospital where he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse. The actor, who played Mini-Me in the Mike Myers-led Austin Powers franchise, has been in a longstanding battle with addiction, and on 7 April informed via Facebook that he has spent the past couple of days at a Los Angeles hospital.

"As you know, I've battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it's not always been an easy fight, I'm willing to continue my fight day by day," he wrote on his social media page. "I've been receiving treatment for the last week and I am voluntarily checking into a treatment centre later this week to continue to get the help that I need."

This is not Troyer's first rehab stint. The 48-year-old, who participated in UK's Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, has checked into facilities multiple times for alcoholism and almost died from alcohol poisoning in 2002.

In 2015, he was rushed to a hospital after suffering a seizure at the Texas Comic Con.

"I want to thank everyone that's reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me," the comedian said in his recent post to concerned fans.

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While being best known for his role as Dr. Evil's smaller clone henchman, Mini Me, Troyer has worked on a number of popular films including Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, The Love Guru and most recently Gnome Alone, Of late though, he has been focusing his time on his YouTube channel on which he features a range of original series and topical videos.