According to a GoFundMe page which was set up to help raise money for his funeral, Lee passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday (September 9).
The message was titled ‘Laying Puppet To Rest’, in reference to his wrestling name Puppet The Psycho Dwarf.
It said: “Steve ‘Puppet The Psycho Dwarf’ Lee Richardson unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at his home in the morning.
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
“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.”
The message asked people to donate what they could “to give the Psycho Dwarf the best resting place possible”.
The page has set a target of $5,000 (£3,896).
“Thank you all so much and Puppet, we love you brother!” the post ended.
Lee was known for featuring in Jackass 3D, and also appeared in horror anthology series American Horror Story and reality television show Half Pint Brawlers.
Impact Wrestling shared a clip of the late star on Twitter, writing: “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.”
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
Wrestler Frankie Kazarian wrote on Twitter: “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.”