Stevie Lee, a TNA professional wrestler who has also appeared in movies and television shows, has passed away at age 54.
Per his GoFundMe created by Jacob Colyer on Thursday, the athlete — born Stevie Lee Richardson — unexpectedly passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 9.
“He was beloved by many, has many friends that were family, and a countless number of fans that adored him,” the organizer wrote. “His family needs help to lay him to rest in a peaceful place.”
According to the crowdsourcing page, the funds will go to Lee’s brother, Jim Richardson, for funeral costs.
As of this writing, Lee’s GoFundMe has raised $1,870 out of its $5,000 goal.
After the heartbreaking news went viral, Impact Wrestling, formerly known as TNA, paid tribute to the late star on Twitter.
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 was also the head operator of wrestling company Half Pint Brawlers, who were the subject of a 2010 Spike TV reality show of the same name.
That same year, Lee appeared in the film “Jackass 3D,” and in 2013, appeared in “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
He was also in a 2014 episode of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones for their loss.