A GoFundMe appeal in 2022 explained Peluso’s recent absence from theater marquees. “[A]s many probably don’t know, Chris suffers from schizoaffective disorder,” the organizers wrote. “This diagnosis has resulted in Chris experiencing debilitating paranoia, which has kept him from performing in recent years. “In recent months, the paranoia has consumed him to the extent that he is unable to work any job and has had to leave his wife and young child and return to America to seek treatment.” That fundraising campaign raised more than $25,000 before it was ended. In an update to the appeal dated Nov. 30, Peluso thanked donors for their generosity and said he had completed inpatient treatment at a facility in Tennessee. “I’m able to hold down a job again and even began taping some auditions,” he reported. “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.” An earlier postscript by Peluso to the GoFundMe appeal quoted Peluso as saying, “Hopefully this helps bring some awareness to how so many suffer from mental illness in silence. “You never know what someone may be going through. Be kind to each other.” Peluso is survived by his wife, Jessica Gomes, and two young children: a daughter, Aria Li Gomes-Peluso, and a son, Caio Lian Gomes-Peluso, Playbill reported. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Very sad to hear the news that Chris Peluso has died at the age of 38 On top of all his Broadway credits, he entertained London & regional audiences in a number of musicals inc Miss Saigon, Death Takes a Holiday, Show Boat & Funny Girl. Our condolences to his family & friends pic.twitter.com/ZTdqv3UuAM— Musical Theatre Review (@MusicalTheatreR) August 17, 2023