Rose Siggins, who played Legless Suzi on American Horror Story: Freak Show, has died. She was 43.
The actress died on Saturday at a hospital in Denver after complications from a kidney stone surgery, her manager informed E! News. She is survived by her two children–her daughter Shelby, 5, and her son Luke, 16.
Several of Siggins’ co-stars mourned her death publicly and on social media. A GoFundMe page was recently added to raise money for her children. And more than $3,100 was donated in less than 24 hours.
A message on the fundraising page read:
“I’m sad to report that Rose has passed away this morning around 7:30 am. All funds raised will now be directed to final expenses and the continuing support of her children.”
“I suppose Elsa Mars said it best: ‘The death of a beloved monster is always a sorrow, but never a surprise. If oddly-formed organs or a random physical anomaly doesn’t claim them, then it is at the sheer density of their blaze. A carny’s life burns and brighter than most. It is bound to extinguish sooner,’” the page also read, quoting a line by Jessica Lange’s character on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
And many of her previous co-stars posted tributes for her via social media.
Cast member Sarah Paulson wrote on Twitter that “Rose Siggins was an absolute light…I will never forget your laugh or your beautiful eyes.”
“Your life touched mine & made it’s lasting impression…Of love, grace, courage & beauty,” co-star Angela Bassett wrote. “God’s angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Gabourey Sidibe explained that she was “so sorry.”
“I pray for her children,” she tweeted. “Please donate if you can.”
Freak Show was FX’s fourth season of the series. And season five, American Horror Story: Hotel, came on the air in October.
Siggins, who was often referred to as the “World’s Smallest Mom” was born with Sacral Agenesis, a rare disorder with a deformation of the spine. She had to have her legs amputated when she was only two years old.
She grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, and during that time, she tried to walk with prosthetic limbs. However, she thought they were too painful and started using a skateboard to get from place to place.
“My skateboard’s so important to me–it is the difference between feeling trapped and feeling free,” she said to Redbook magazine early in 2015.
Siggins got married to her husband, Dave, in 1999 and had Luke that same year. When he turned 3, her mother died of cancer and she helped take care of her brother and father.
“Many have said I have a great moral strength and a remarkable attitude but I owe an enormous thank you to my mom,” she explained on her website. “She would always say, ‘A lot of people with disabilities feel that life owes them something, just remember no one owes you a dime. The world doesn’t owe you anything, this is what you have and you use your resources and you get through it.’”