He was And while Eric and the shock jock butted heads on the air, Howard said Monday he was "really affected" by the news of his passing. Everything about him fascinated me. I just loved that. Howard loved that defiance, too, saying, "You'd think that a guy that had absolutely so little going on and really needed me for trips to the Bunny Ranch or needed me for his fame fix, it didn't matter
Eric 'The Actor' Lynch, a favorite Howard Stern caller, is dead at 39
After Jimmy Kimmel came into the studio to sit in for the rest of the show, Howard took a call from Jeff Ruby, who refused to serve O. Simpson at his steakhouse in Kentucky earlier in the month. Jeff explained his restaurant was crowded the night in question — with Nick Lachey and Kid Rock being two of the diners there — and that O. Jeff went on to say he'd known O. Jeff then said that, whenever he made a decision, he checked "my heart, my gut and my brain," and that the first two told him to ask O. Jeff proceeded to say O. Jeff then mentioned that he approached O.
Flashback: Eric the Actor’s First Call to Howard Stern
For those unfamiliar with the show, Lynch also known as Eric the Midget was a year-old Sacramento native completely obsessed with American Idol, professional wrestling and nearly every other aspect of the entertainment industry. Despite the fact he was just a hair over three feet tall, used a wheelchair and suffered from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome , Lynch dreamed of establishing himself as an actor. Lynch first called into Howard Stern on September 19, to defend Kelly Clarkson, who Stern recently called out for being, in his opinion, overweight. You can hear audio of that fateful call above.
Because of his short legs, weak joints, and a club foot , he employed a wheelchair to get around. His other afflictions included stork bite which gave him a "blotchy" complexion  and Ehlers—Danlos Syndrome , which resulted in gnarled fingers. Eric initially called in on September 19, to discuss American Idol.