Chris Peluso, an actor who rose to fame on the Broadway stage in plays like “Mamma Mia” and “Wicked,” has died at the age of 40, the University of Michigan’s Department of Musical Theater has confirmed.
Peluso took a temporary hiatus from acting in 2022 to receive treatment for schizoaffective disorder. His friends started a GoFundMe to pay for his medical treatment.
Chris Peluso’s mental health issues
The petition explained that part of the symptoms of his mental health issues were that he suffered from debilitating paranoia. More than $25,000 was raised in response.
“Chris’s mental health has impacted not only his ability to work in the field in which he has built his career over the past 18 years, but every aspect of his life,” the petition reads via E!
Chris relocated to the United States from London where he did not have health insurance, which caused concern for his loved ones as he was in the hospital for about two weeks.
“Hopefully this will help raise awareness that so many are secretly suffering from mental illness. You never know what someone might go through. “Be kind to each other,” the actor thanked for the support.
He also assured that he could keep a job again and even started recording some auditions. “Going to therapy and working with doctors will be a lifelong process, but I am doing much better than I was before treatment. It really means a lot to me to have such incredible support from all of you. Without you, this progress would not have been possible.
Who was Chris Fluffy?
She graduated from the University of Michigan and was pursuing a master’s degree in therapeutic counseling, according to People. He gained his popularity in 2004 when he played a role in Assassins.
His other projects have included West Side Story, Les Misérables, Lestat, The Glorious Ones, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Funny Girl. He has also appeared on the London stage in Show Boat, Miss Saigon, The Woman in White and Death Takes a Holiday.