Stevie Lee, Wrestler And ‘Jackass’ Star, Dies At 54 – Stevie Lee, the wrestler and actor in projects such as “Jackass 3D,” “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “Oz The Great and Powerful,” has died.
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Stevie Lee, a pro wrestler who went by the name “Puppet The Psycho Dwarf” and appeared in the film “Jackass 3D” and TV shows “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and Spike TV’s 2010 reality series “Half-Pint Brawlers,” died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday. He was 54.
Stevie Lee died on Wednesday morning from an unexpected heart attack in his home, friend and fellow wrestler Jacob “Turtle” Colyer.
“He’s the nicest guy I’ve ever known,” Jacob Colyer said. “He enjoyed life, that’s what it was. He was all about living in the moment.”
Stevie Lee was like a big brother to everyone he met, Colyer said, and could cheer up even the saddest person.
“When he walks in with that big ol’ smile on his face, the whole room brightens up,” Jacob Colyer said. “I’m gonna miss that about him.”
The news was announced in a GoFundMe fundraiser posted on Thursday and confirmed by his agent.
Stevie Lee — who went by the wrestling name “Puppet the Psycho Dwarf” — had “unexpectedly passed away” at his home, the GoFundMe says. “He was beloved by many, has many friends that were family, and a countless number of fans that adored him,” the fundraiser added. “Puppet has put smiles on people’s faces across the world with his hardcore attitude and lifestyle. He is a legend in the art of Midget Wrestling.”
His agency, fameagency, said in a statement, “For the second time this week, fameagency has lost one of our wonderful talent. 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.”
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The family is asking for funds to help cover burial costs. As of press time, the GoFundMe had raised over $2,000 of a $5,000 goal.
On Thursday, Impact Wrestling tweeted, “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.”
Before acting, Stevie Lee made his name on the wrestling circuit, and Jacob “Turtle” Colyer said Stevie Lee completely changed the sport of “Midget Wrestling.” Previously, he said, the league was seen like a joke, but Lee was an integral part of changing all that.
Kicking off his wrestling career in 2002 with “NWA: Total Nonstop Action,” Stevie Lee — née Steven Lee Richardson — founded Half Pint Brawlers, a hardcore little person wrestling company that later inspired the 2010 Spike TV show of the same name. During his performing career, Lee appeared in “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” “Jackass 3D,” “Jackass 3.5” and “Death Match.”
After starring regularly in 2010’s Half Pint Brawlers, Stevie Lee also landed roles on “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “American Horror Story” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
Stevie Lee is survived by his brother, wife and kids