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Wrestling star and actor Stevie Lee has sadly passed away, Impact Wrestling confirmed.
Impact Wrestling, which was formerly known as TNA, said in a statement 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."
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
Along with his wrestling career, Lee was known for featuring in Jackass 3D, reality series Half Pint Brawlers - which followed him running his own wrestling company - American Horror Story, Baby Fever the Movie and Oz the Great and Powerful.
A GoFundMe campaign has now been set up to help family and friends with funeral costs, with a statement on the 'Laying Puppet To Rest' page explaining he died 'unexpectedly' at home on Wednesday 9 September.
"Steve 'Puppet The Psycho Dwarf' Lee Richardson unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at his home in the morning," the statement said.
"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. Puppet has put smiles across the world with his hardcore attitude and lifestyle.
"He is a legend in the art of Midget Wrestling. He needs our help to give him one last curtain call. Please donate what you can, share his memories with everyone, and share this fundraiser to give the Psycho Dwarf the best resting place possible.
"All proceeds will be given to Jim Richardson to handle the services/burial costs. Thank you all so much and Puppet, we love you brother!"
Many fans have paid their tributes on Twitter while reflecting on his career, with one writing: "This year sucks Stevie Lee was one of the toughest guys ever may he rest in eternal peace."
Someone else wrote: "He made the Asylum days hardcore. Really stood out. Reaper don't take down another TNA star. Give it a rest."
A third added: "Him pulling a gun to Jeff Jarrett is still one of the funniest segments in TNA history, RIP."
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