NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 5:48 PM
Rose Siggins attends the premiere of FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” on Oct. 5, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif.
Actress Rose Siggins, who played Legless Suzi on “American Horror Story,” died at 43 on Saturday morning, a rep confirmed to the Daily News.
The “AHS” star was admitted to a Denver, Colo., hospital Monday for a kidney stone surgery, but contracted an infection that spread throughout her body and eventually killed her, TMZ reports.
Siggins had a rare genetic spinal deformation called sacral agenesis, a condition that can cause leg bones to become underdeveloped. She was born with “useless” legs, which doctors amputated when she was 2, she said in a promotional video for “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
The actress celebrated her body and said she “would never change it.”
“I kinda like the way I am,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine myself being, I guess what everybody calls ‘normal,’ ’cause this is my normal.”
A GoFundMe page set up Friday by James Mullen, one of the actress’ reps, solicited funds to care for Siggins’ two children, 16-year-old Luke and 5-year-old Shelby, as she fought for her life in the hospital. After her death, Mullen announced that the money would go toward final expenses and continuing support of the kids.
Tributes from Siggins’ co-stars poured in on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
“Rose Siggins was an absolute light,” wrote Sarah Paulson. “I will never forget your laugh or your beautiful eyes.”
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Rose Siggins. I pray for her children,” added Gabourey Sidibe, encouraging followers to donate.
The rep eulogized Siggins by quoting Elsa Mars, an “American Horror Story” freak show manager played by Jessica Lange.
“The death of a beloved monster is always a sorrow, but never a surprise,” Mullen wrote. “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.”