Ben Woolf, ‘American Horror Story’ Actor, Dead at 34

FX actor died Monday afternoon after suffering a head injury four days ago when he was hit by a car

Last Updated: February 23, 2015 @ 5:33 PM

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” actor Ben Woolf died on Monday following an accident last week which caused a severe head injury. He was 34.

The actor, who played Meep on the most recent season of FX’s popular horror anthology series, was hit by the mirror of a moving car at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Gramercy Place in Hollywood on Thursday. According to his representative, Woolf died at approximately 3.20 p.m.. on Monday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“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. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work,” his family said in a statement to TheWrap.

Woolf’s representative, Zack Teperman of ZTPR, also offered a statement: “Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten … The time we all shared together will be remembered forever.”

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy shared kind words and a behind-the-scenes video of Woolf on Monday afternoon, calling the actor “one of the most inspirational people [he had] ever met.” Here’s Murphy’s tweet:
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Woolf’s publicity company published this tweet:
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As TheWrap previously reported, the car that hit Woolf did not flee after the accident. “The vehicle remained at the scene,” a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. “It was not a hit-and-run.”

Woolf — who was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism as a child and stood only 4’4” tall as an adult — was an attraction in Fräulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities on the FX series, which wrapped Jan. 21. His “Freak Show” character bit the head off of small animals and was called Meep because “Meep!” was the sound he often made.

In addition to appearing on five episodes of “American Horror Story,” the actor starred in the 2013 horror film “Dead Kansas” and was credited as a stunt performer on an episode of Showtime’s “Dexter.”

Ben Woolf was 34.

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