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.”