Broadway Actor Chris Peluso Dead at 40 Following a Schizoaffective Disorder!

Broadway Actor Chris Peluso Dead at 40 Following a Schizoaffective Disorder!
Chris Peluso dies at 40. source: People
  • Actor Chris Peluso passed away at age 40.
  • The Broadway star stepped away from acting last year to get treatment for schizoaffective disorder.
  • His family confirmed that he died suddenly on August 15.

Chris Peluso died at 40

Broadway actor Chris Peluso who was famous for his theater work is dead.

The actor who was in Mamma Mia! on Broadway was 40.

As per Playbill, the actor’s family confirmed that he passed away suddenly on August 15. He is now survived by his wife Jessica Gomes and their two young children: Aria Li and son Caio Lian. The couple tied the knot in 2018.

Chris’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, also posted a tribute to the late actor on its musical-theatre department’s Instagram page.

Linda Goodrich, interim chair of the school’s musical-theatre department, wrote,

“The Michigan Musical Theatre family is heartbroken as we announce the passing of our dear family member/alum, the loving, charismatic, and divinely gifted Chris Peluso,”

Goodrich summarized some of the star’s famous roles including on Broadway in Assassins (his Great White Way debut), Lestat, The Glorious Ones, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Chris Peluso
Zoe Doano and Chris Peluso perform in Death Takes a Holiday on Jan. 23, 2017, in London. source: People

One of his notable works was the role of Sky in Mamma Mia! on Broadway in 2008 and also had a touring turn as Fiyero in Wicked.

Linda added, “Our hearts go out to his family,”

After the news came out, tributes flooded from fans and friends of the actor. Fellow UM alum and songwriter Justin Paul left a couple of prayer-hand emojis in the comment section of the University’s social media post.

Fellow Broadway star Desi Oakley wrote,

“I learned so much from his kindness & professionalism 🤍 I am sending so much love to all who walked closely with him 🕊️,”

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Which other movies and shows did Chris appear in?

Aside from the American shows, Chris also appeared in London productions of Show Boat, Miss Saigon, The Woman in White and Death Takes a Holiday.

Peluso also performed in productions of West Side Story and Les Misérables, as Tony and Marius, respectively.

Peluso’s bio on the Artists and Beyond Website states that he was additionally pursuing a master’s degree in therapeutic counseling, to “to help students navigate the anxieties inherent in a career in the arts.”

Last September, his family created a GoFundMe on Peluso’s behalf asking for donations for mental-health treatment amid his past diagnosis with schizoaffective disorder that “resulted in Chris experiencing debilitating paranoia, which has kept him from performing in recent years.”

Chris Peluso
The actor took a break from acting following the illness. source: People

As of last year’s November, the account raised more than $25,000 before donations were paused. He said at the time that his treatment was completed and that he was doing well.

He added,

“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.”

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