American Horror Story star Ben Woolf has lost his life after being injured in an accident last week. The actor was walking in Hollywood when a car hit the 34-year-old as he crossed the street.
The car mirror clipped Ben’s head and he suffered an injury, never regaining consciousness and passing away after a week in critical condition. The driver who hit the actor, who was also a preschool teacher, was not charged as Ben had been jaywalking.
His family released a statement thanking fans for their support.
They said: “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 American Horror Story co-star Kathy Bates paid tribute to him on Twitter, describing him as "a sweet and gentle soul" to her 135,000 followers. Meanwhile, the creator of the show Ryan Murphy, who is also known for his work on Glee and Nip/Tuck called Ben "one of the most inspirational people I have ever met".
Dear Ben, Yours was a sweet and gentle soul. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
– Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) febrero 24, 2015
Ben appeared in the first season of the show and returned for the fourth season as a character named Meep. He had previously appeared on Dead Kansas, Woggie and TV Face.
However, the 4ft 4in actor, who was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism when he was young, which caused his bones to shrink, actually considered his screen career a side job in comparison to his teaching.
His organs will be donated and will be used to help about 50 people. Ben’s family plan to remember him in a memorial service in Santa Barbara, California shortly.