A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to cover the funeral expenses following his unexpected death, with proceeds going toward his brother Jim Richardson. The same fundraiser confirms that Stevie passed away on Wednesday (September 9), but does not disclose his cause of death.
"Puppet has put smiles across the world with his hardcore attitude and lifestyle," the fundraiser reads. "He was beloved by many and has many friends that were family, fans that adored him, but only his brother Jim left to take care of final arrangements."
Aside from his appearance in Jackass, Richardson is also known for his role in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Freak Show. The actor is credited with dozens of other roles through his nearly 30-year-long career.
His wrestling career began back in 2002, when he joined NWA: Total Nonstop Action. He would later go on to form the Half-Pint Brawlers wrestling company and signed a series deal with Spike TV that saw the company performing inside a maximum-security prison, on Bourbon Street and with Luchadores in Mexico.
See a clip of his Spike TV series and Jackass appearances below, where you'll also find tributes to the late figure.
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
RIP Stevie Lee aka Puppet the Psycho Dwarf. I'll never forget the crazy tour of the UK we shared and the fun we all had. Godspeed my friend.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) September 11, 2020