American Horror Story: Freak Show actress Rose Siggins dies at age 43

 Rose Siggins poses with her skateboard at the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show in Hollywood on Oct 5, 2014.
Rose Siggins poses with her skateboard at the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show in Hollywood on Oct 5, 2014.PHOTO: REUTERS

DENVER (REUTERS) - American Horror Story actress Rose Siggins, known as the "woman with half a body" who lost her legs to a rare genetic disorder early in life, has died at age 43, her agent said on Sunday (Dec 13).

Mr James Mullen said in an e-mail that the actress died in Denver on Saturday and that he had no more details about her death.

TMZ reported that Siggins had developed an infection after undergoing surgery for a kidney stone.

Siggins played the role of Legless Suzi on American Horror Story: Freak Show, a programme on the FX network and was featured in The Woman with Half a Body, a 2005 documentary about her life.

Mr Mullen described Siggins, who travelled around on a skateboard, as "an infinitely strong woman" on a Gofundme.com set up to cover the cost of Siggin's treatment.

Siggins was born with a rare genetic disorder, known as Sacral Agenesis, that severely deformed her legs, she said on her website.

She said her parents had her legs amputated when she was two years old and that their "insightful decision" allowed "her to lead a fairly normal childhood".

Indeed, she also worked to live a normal adult life. She was married and had two children - Luke, 16, and Shelby, nine, whom she called her "miracle" babies.

The GoFundMe page said: "All funds raised will now be directed to final expenses and the continuing support of her children."

Siggins story was equally inspiring to her co-stars on the FX horror series, and they quickly reacted to her death.

Britain's Daily Mail noted that, on Twitter, Angela Bassett wrote to Siggins: "Your life touched mine & made its lasting impression of love, grace, courage & beauty. God's angels sing thee to thy rest."