Kenny Easterday, famed as 'the man with half a body' who appeared numerous times on the Jerry Springer show, has died at the age of 42. Easterday was born with Sacral Agenesis, a condition that causes abnormal foetal development in the lower spine.
When Easterday was just six-months-old he had both his legs amputated. Though he was offered prosthetic limbs, he learned to walk on his hands instead. He passed away on Friday 12 February.
To help Easterday's family with funeral costs a GoFundMe campaign has been set up, having raised almost $2,000 at the time of writing. "Kenny had no life insurance and his parents live on a fixed income and there is no money to lay Kenny to rest and his family is seeking any help they could get to help pay to have him laid out and buried," the page says.
"He was born with a rare disability called sacral agenesis. It's a rare condition that prevented his spine from developing correctly, at six-months-old to improve his mobility, his legs were amputated. Kenny was offered a pair of prosthetic legs. But, he didn't find them useful, Kenny's dad taught him to walk on his hands, or he would ride his skateboard to get around. Kenny has always lived his life to the fullest. He played cards, shot pool, he even went bowling a few times."
The director of The Kid Brother, one of two films made about Easterday's life, posted that he was "a great kid".
"Kenny was a very strong willed person who had a good health. Kenny was will loved in his home town of Beaver Falls, PA," the GoFundMe page says of the late Easterday, "Kenny was will loved by his family of which he leaves behind a dad, mom a brother, sister 12 nephews and nieces and aunts and uncles."
Easterday was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanian in 1973.