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Disney star Michael Mantenuto found dead

Michael Mantenuto​, a former Disney star known his role on 2004 film Miracle, has died. He was 35.

Mantenuto was a sports star prior to getting his acting break in Miracle, a film about the 1980 US Olympic team. He played defenceman Jack O’Callahan. 

He went on to join the military after leaving acting.

Mantenuto was found dead in his car in Seattle, US, the King County medical examiner’s office told People. The examiner’s office said it was treating his death as a suicide.

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Group commander of the US Army’s First Special Forces Group, colonel Guillaume Beaurpere said in a statement that he remembered Mantenuto as a fun-loving family man.

“Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force,” his statement said.

Mantenuto also acted in Dirtbags (2006) and Surfer Dude (2008).

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