Broadway actor Chris Peluso died Tuesday at age 40. The performer, who acted in productions such as "Mamma Mia!" and "Wicked," died suddenly after suffering from a schizoaffective disorder that forced him to temporarily leave the stage last year. It was the artist's family who reported his death to Playbill magazine.
After this, the University of Michigan, Peluso’s alma mater, confirmed his death. The news was given by Linda Goodrich, interim chair of the musical theater department:
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Chris Peluso's schizoaffective disorder
Peluso's death comes a year after he was forced off the stage after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. In an E! Online report, his friends Rebecca LaChance and Tim Oxbrow announced the news. They detailed the consequences this disorder could have for Peluso on a GoFundMe fundraising page in September 2022:
This diagnosis has resulted in Chris experiencing debilitating paranoia, which has kept him from performing in recent years. As well as affecting his capacity to work in the field he built his career in over the last 18 years, Chris's mental health has affected every aspect of his life.
After this, the page managed to raise more than $ 25,000 dollars by November 2022. At the time, People recalls, the actor wrote that he had finished treatment and was "stable and doing well":
I'm able to hold down a job again and even began taping some auditions. It’s going to be a life long process of going to therapy and working with doctors but I’m so much better than I was before treatment. It really means the world to me to have such incredible support from you all. None of this progress would have been possible without you.