Stevie Lee, the pro wrestler, and actor of popular projects like Jackass 3D, American Horror Story: Freak Show, and Oz The Great and Powerful has died. He was 54.
According to reports by CNN, the actor known as “Puppet The Pyscho Dwarf” died on Wednesday morning following an unexpected heart attack in his home. Confirming the news his friend and fellow wrestler Jacob “Turtle” Coyler said, “He’s the nicest guy I’ve ever known. He enjoyed life, that’s what it was. He was all about living in the moment.”
“When he walks in with that big ol’ smile on his face, the whole room brightens up,” Colyer said. “I’m gonna miss that about him.”
The actor’s agency in a statement said, “For the second time this week, fameagency has lost one of our wonderful talents. Stevie Lee Richardson, known in the wrestling community as ‘Puppet,’ passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday. Our condolences to his family and friends.”
Before making his acting debut, Lee was a popular name in the wrestling world. Lee founded the Half Pint Brawlers, a “Midget Wrestling” company that later became a reality television show on Spike TV in 2010.
Impact Wrestling also paid tribute to the late wrestling star. “It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Stevie Lee, better known as ‘Puppet The Psycho Dwarf’ in the early days of TNA. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family,” their tweet read.
It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Stevie Lee, better known as "Puppet The Psycho Dwarf" in the early days of TNA. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/tdVdCFkNCJ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 10, 2020
Lee is survived by his brother, wife, and kids, Colyer said. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral costs. At the time of publishing, the GoFundMe had raised over $3,260 raised of a $5,000 goal.
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