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Ben Woolf, one of the stars of the hit FX show American Horror Story: Freak Show, has died after suffering a serious head injury relating to being struck by a passing vehicle while crossing the street in Hollywood last week. He was 34 years old.
Woolf had been reportedly jaywalking across the aforementioned street when an SUV drove past him and ended up clipping the actor’s head with its side view mirror. He was taken to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition, and was placed under heavy sedation as a result of his injury. Woolf proceeded to remain in intensive car throughout the weekend, and for a moment it seemed as though he would possibly come out of the incident allright; on Saturday, doctors confirmed that they had upgraded his condition from critical to serious but stable. They were adamant that this in no way meant he was out of the woods, but that it was good news in terms of the possibility that he may have recovered in the end; however, medical professionals were still said to be extremely skeptical of this happening as Woolf had still not woken up yet.
Earlier this afternoon, however, things took a turn for the worst and Woolf’s body gave out to a stroke, thus ending his life. The four-foot-four actor had been surrounded by both his family and loved ones during his hospital stay, as well as much of the cast and crew of American Horror Story. Said family members have since thanked Woolf’s fans and supporters for all their care and well wishes during this difficult time, and gave the statement that Woolf would have been grateful for their support and loved every minute of what he did for a living and all the new friendships it brought him over time.
The actor’s family is said to be planning a memorial service in Santa Barbara, California. There is not yet any word as to whether or not this memorial will be open to the public, or if it will be more of a private event for only those close to him. Woolf’s organs are reportedly going to be donated, with the result that they will aid in the recovery of up to 50 individuals who are in desperate need of them.
As for the fate of the SUV driver who collided with the actor, authorities have given the statement that the individual will not face any kind of charges or legal retribution whatsoever. This is due to the fact that, as mentioned, Woolf had been jaywalking (an action which is illegal) and therefore law enforcement has concluded that the driver is in no way at fault for what happened as a result.
American Horror Story: Freak Show star Ben Woolf has died of a stroke at the age of 34, following being struck by a passing SUV last week. His friends and family are asking for respect and privacy in their time of grief. There is not yet any word on when the aforementioned memorial will take place.
By Rebecca Grace