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'American Horror Story' Actor Dies After Being Clipped By SUV Side Mirror In Hollywood

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Ben Woolf (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Ben Woolf, who played Meep on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died Monday from head injuries, days after he was clipped by an SUV in Hollywood.

Woolf was 34, and his rep confirmed his death to Variety. Woolf suffered a serious head injury when he was hit by the side mirror of an SUV in Hollywood Thursday night. The driver wasn't cited because it appears Woolf was jaywalking.

A sourcetold TMZthat he died from a stroke. He was listed in critical condition immediately after the crash, and he had been heavily sedated at Cedars-Sinai.

TMZ added that his organs will be donated to help about 50 people. His family released a statement, saying Woolf lives on in his work:

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"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."

They will be holding a memorial service for him in Santa Barbara next week.

In the most recent season of American Horror Story, he played a character named Meep, who can only say one word: "meep." Woolf made an appearance in the first season, appearing in five episodes all together. He's also acted in films like Haunting Charles Manson and Unlucky Charms. He worked as a stunt performer in an episode of Dexter. When he's not acting, he also works as a pre-school teacher.

Woolf talked about his role in American Horror Story and the struggles he faces with pituitary dwarfism: