Ben Woolf, an actor who appeared in five episodes of “American Horror Story,” has died. He was 34.
Woolf was hit by a car last week in Los Angeles. Sideswiped, he was hit in the head by the car’s side mirror. Though the accident was not immediately fatal, Woolf died after suffering a stroke Monday, as TMZ reported. The driver was not cited or arrested.
“Unfortunately it was just a tragic accident,” Sara Faden, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, told the New York Times.
Just 4 feet 4 inches tall, Woolf suffered from pituitary dwarfism. Woolf said he received chemotherapy as a child for the condition that resulted in his stunted growth.
“We’re all freaks in our own way,” he said in an “American Horror Story” promotional video. “If there were no freaks, everyone would be normal.”
On “American Horror Story,” Woolf — a preschool teacher by day — was most familiar as Meep, a character with a one-word vocabulary: “Meep.” Woolf used that one word to convey a wide range of emotions.
“Even though he doesn’t say a lot, he’s saying a lot,” Woolf said.
Tributes to Woolf quickly appeared.
“RIP Ben Woolf,” tweeted Ryan Murphy, the creator of “American Horror Story.” “One of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met.”
“Rest in peace Ben Woolf,” Finn Whitrock, who also appeared on the show, wrote. “There never was a sweeter guy. You will be missed.”
“Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten,” said a statement from Woolf’s agency, ZTPR, as Variety reported. “The time we all shared together will be remembered forever.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben,” his family said in a statement, as the New York Times reported. “He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”