Ben Woolf, who worked an ostrich feather vest like no other as Meep on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died from a stroke at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. this afternoon. He was only 34.
Last week, Ben, who was 4’4″, was crossing Hollywood Blvd. when an SUV’s side view mirror hit him in the head. The driver wasn’t arrested, because they stayed at the scene and cops say they weren’t at fault since Ben was jaywalking. Ben was taken to the hospital and admitted into ICU. He was in a bad way for a couple of days, but then doctors upgraded his condition from critical to stable. They said that he wasn’t completely in the clear yet, because he hadn’t woken up and was heavily sedated. Sadly, TMZ says that he didn’t recover and had a stroke today. Ben’s family released this statement to E!:
“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.”
Ben was also in the first season of American Horror Story as Infantata. He also worked as a preschool teacher.
Rest in peace, Meep.