Ben Woolf, the actor who played Meep in the recently concluded “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” has died Monday at age 34 due to a head injury.
Woolf, who starred in five episodes of the television series, was struck in the head by a mirror of a passing SUV while crossing a street near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Gramercy Place.
According to Sara Faden, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman, the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene. The department has dismissed the incident as “just a tragic accident,” Faden said.
A representative of the actor has confirmed the death, saying, “Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten. The time we all shared together will be remembered forever.” The Huffington Post reports that Woolf suffered a stroke after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Woolf, 4ft4 (1.32m), appeared in the first season of “American Horror Story” as Infantata, a creature crafted from the remains of the child of grieving parents Nora and Charles Montgomery. In the show’s most recent season, “Freak Show,” he stepped into the shoes of lovable Meep, a chicken-eating performer and one of the little monsters in the Cabinet of Curiosities sideshow run by Elsa.
In a statement, the family of Woolf said, “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben. He touched so many hearts in his 34 years.”
Ryan Murphy, creator and producer of the musical television series “Glee” and “AHS,” shared his condolences in a tweet, calling the late actor as “one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met.” Evan Peters, who has appeared in the hit horror series since 2011, shared on Twitter a photo of himself and Woolf.
According to The New York Times, Woolf used to work as a preschool teacher before he decided to become a full-time actor. In a video interview, he shared the difficulties of growing up with pituitary dwarfism, and how he learned to “ignore it and do what I can do to the best of my ability.”