‘American Horror Story’ Actor Ben Woolf Dies After Being Hit by Car

Ben Woolf Hit By Car
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Ben Woolf, who played Meep in “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” died Monday from a head injury he sustained last week, his rep has confirmed. He was 34.

The 4’4″ actor was struck in the head by the car mirror of a SUV while he was crossing a street in Hollywood last Thursday night. He was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben,” Woolf’s family said in a statement. “He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”

“Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten,” said a statement from Woolf’s agency, ZTPR. “The time we all shared together will be remembered forever.”

Woolf first appeared in the hit FX anthology series in its first season, playing Infantata and donning heavy makeup to transform into the memorable character. He returned for the show’s most recent season, “Freak Show,” in a small but beloved role as Meep, who could only say one word: “Meep!”

Woolf is credited in five episodes of the series, including three in “Freak Show.” The most recent season aired its finale last month.

Woolf is survived by his father and stepmother, Nicholas and Sarajane Woolf; his mother and stepfather, Marcy and Ralph Luikart; his sister Kathryn Woolf and stepsister Heather Luikart. The family has set up a fund in his name to benefit charities in issues that Woolf felt strongly about, such as animals and children.

After news broke, “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy tweeted a tribute to Woolf, calling him “one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met.”

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  1. Lisa Maggiore says:

    Namaste Ben, may you R.I.P.

  2. Aylah says:

    I’m so sorry Ben and his family I’m his biggest fan I loved him so much I cried and cried when I found out and still do when I wached the series when he died I punched my comp it smashed I dident care I was depressed when I found out that he had past in real life RIP Ben love you love aylah

  3. wtf says:


  4. Ben was such a nice, sweet guy. I hope the afterlife is treating him with plenty of certainty.

  5. Karen says:

    My condolences to the family and friends. I enjoyed Tom’s role as Meep.

  6. zyggie says:

    People are leaving this world in some of the most strange and confusing ways.

    My prayers are sent to him and are with all family members he left behind. It’s not easy to respond when something sad happens. RIP Mr. Woolf.

  7. It’s totally sad to hear about this by the way, and I totally agree with that statement about Ben that was one of its kind.

  8. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    This is a real heart-breaker. He’s done such amazing work (they forgot to mention his appearance in “Insidious”– he was so young and had a great career ahead of him.
    RIP, Mr. Woolf. We extend our deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

  9. Shana says:

    What a nasty person you are!!

  10. Deborah Gwynn says:

    All I can Say is ” MEEP” I am at a lost for words. My prayers to His family and friends

  11. Jamie Faine says:

    RIP-you were an inspiration to many

  12. Liann says:

    So sorry to hear we lost another great person.

  13. zinnsand21 says:

    Terrible tragedy. At 4’2″ the mirror misses him completely. If it was a passenger car he probably just bruises his shoulder. Incredibly unfortunate circumstances.

  14. tracy says:

    RIP MEEP you will be sadly missed. I enjoyed watching you in American Horror story you were a excellent actor. Prayers going out to your family.

  15. Susan Ryman says:

    This made me so sad. He was so lovable and adorable as Meep, he just won a place in my heart. I was saddened when we lost Meep on American Horror Story but I am profoundly sad that he is gone forever. My sympathy and prayers to his family.

  16. H says:

    why are not the reports saying it was a vehicular accident or manslaughter? Why is it so clear it’s the unnamed cars’ mirrors fault?

    • Leda says:

      Ben was J-walking.. He should’ve crossed the street at the corner.

      • SteamBot says:

        Doesn’t matter. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way even if they are jaywalking. Had this been a child who stood 4’4” I bet more would have been done. It’s also possible his family decided not to press charges. Such a sad and unfortunate turn of events. RIP Ben, I’m just finding out about this now.

  17. Orly Frank says:

    what a tragic life. God bless.

  18. ellde2012 says:

    You will be remembered, Ben.

  19. Jesus is a figment of your overactive Bronze Age imagination.

  20. So sad. I loved him in AHS. RIP Meep.

  21. Catherine says:

    So sad. RIP Ben

  22. Ben Woolf will be greatly missed. I loved him in his role on American Horror Story, Freakshow.

  23. Poor guy……..what a heart. RIP

  24. Debbie Thune says:

    Such devastating news – my deepest sympathies go out to his family. He was a wonderful performer. .

  25. Tim Presnell says:

    Heartbroken… just totally heartbroken

  26. Mr Furious says:

    No, he doesn’t.

  27. susan064 says:

    I just can’t imagine this :( I only recently got into watching Freakshow, and I’m SO amazed at the talent in these wonderful people. So sorry “Meep”, please Rest In Peace.

  28. Rodrigo says:

    That’s sad… The world has lost a great actor and human being. Go in peace, my friend!

  29. Sandra Rose says:

    Such a great person lost his life to young RIP. You will be missed.

  30. paujos says:

    So sorry to hear this! May you Rest in Peace, Ben Woolf…

  31. Ann Altermann says:

    So sad We lost s great person. , everyone loved Meep.

  32. Goodbye, Meep. Rest in peace.

  33. Volcanic Surfer says:

    Tragic. Rest in peace.

  34. Elise says:

    This was so tragic. I do not know if this was a hit and run or what, but what a sad way to end this life and so young!

    • Sha.Riggles says:

      It’s heartbreaking. But no, it wasn’t a hit and run – the driver stayed. Last I read no charges will be filed, it was truly an accident. A horribly heartbreaking one, but an accident and no ones fault.

  35. RIP prayers for the family. we loved you in AHS.

    • Al says:

      Somebody has to be at-fault. With pedestrian-vehicle collisions it could be divided 50/50, but mirrors don’t just hit people in the head while crossing a street. “Spit just happens” is a too common fallacy among motor vehicle operators, who are rarely in compliance with traffic code for more than a few seconds if they can help it, and not much of an epitaph.

      • Jebus Says says:

        Stop it, Al! It’s not a driver’s fault if someone runs out into the street. That’s not exactly what happened, but the way you’re saying it is that it’s NEVER the pedestrian’s fault, that someone can just leap out into traffic, and a driver still is on the hook legally. What a cruelty. Stop it!

      • artie says:

        you have to watch where you’re going. just cause you think you’re somebody youre not

  36. Terry Easom says:

    My heart goes out to his family! He will be sorely missed!

  37. maria licata says:

    So very sad, Rest In Peace!

  38. Shuja Paul says:

    Sad news, I directed Ben in a cross cultural comedy, “Tie the Knot”. He played an East Indian suitor, it was amazing to watch him memorize Hindi lines so quickly. Following is the link of the trailer, you can hear him speak Hindi.

  39. Guest says:

    terrible, what a tragedy

  40. Shana says:

    You must be a real joy!

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