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Disney's Miracle Star Michael Mantenuto Dead At 35 From Apparent Suicide

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This is heartbreaking.

Michael Mantenuto, one of the stars of Disney's Miracle, is dead at 35.

He was found in his car by police in Des Moines, Washington, on Monday, dead of a gunshot wound. TMZ reports the coroner is ruling his death a suicide.

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Mantenuto was one of a number of young, first-time film actors to star in the 2004 retelling of the U.S. Hockey Team's 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game against a much stronger Russian team, playing real-life Olympic star Jack O'Callahan. He was only 22 at the time.

He went on to act in a movie called Dirtbags and Matthew McConaughey's Surfer, Dude before leaving acting to join the army, ending up in the esteemed Special Forces.

Such a tragic, shocking end to his story.

[Image via Disney.]

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David Letterman's Mother Passes Away At 95

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Poor David Letterman.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the late night host's mother, Dorothy Mengering, had passed away. She was 95 years old.

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The news was confirmed by the comedian's publicist, Tom Keaney. It's certainly heartbreaking to hear about Mengering's passing as fans of Letterman's knew her well from her many appearances on the 70-year-old's shows, The Late Show and Late Night.

In case you forgot, since the Midwestern homemaker was an excellent baker, Dorothy rose to popularity through a cooking bit playfully known as Guess Mom's Pies. Oh, and who could forget Dorothy's cookbook, Home Cookin' With Dave's Mom.

She also served as the Late Show's correspondent at the Winter Olympics in 1994, 1998, and 2002. David's mom will definitely be missed.

Our thoughts are with Dorothy's loved ones during this sad time.

[Image via WENN/YouTube.]

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Caitlyn Jenner Confirms She's Undergone Gender Reassignment Surgery In New Memoir!

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What a big step for Caitlyn Jenner!

It seems as though the I Am Cait star dropped a pretty major truth bomb in her new memoir, The Secrets of My Life. According to RadarOnline, the retired Olympian confirms in her new book that she did undergo gender reassignment surgery back in January of this year.

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This surgical decision comes two years after Kris Jenner's ex announced she'd be transitioning. Time certainly flies, doesn't it??

Anywho, it's said Miz Jenner decided to go through with the procedure as she was frustrated with fans constantly asking about her genitals. Supposedly, Jenner wrote in her book:

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Gabby Douglas Can't Hide Her Disdain For High School In This Promo For Crashed!

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Gabby Douglas may've achieved her dream, but that doesn't mean she didn't have it rough!

For an upcoming episode of Go90's Crashed, the Olympian prepped as she planned to surprise a superfan in a high school gym class.

Of course, being back in school brought back some (not so great) memories for Miz Douglas…

Related: Kristin Cavallari Bids Farewell To Chicago!

As the 21-year-old was homeschooled from third grade until her senior year of high school, she didn't have A LOT of experience in the school system. However, Gabby did attend an actual high school one time… and let's just say she didn't love the experience.

Be sure to ch-ch-check out Gabby's thoughts on high school for yourself (below) AND let us know if you'll tuning into her episode when it airs on March 30.

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Dancing With The Stars Season 24 Cast Revealed! See The Full List Of Pairings!

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What do get when you combine Olympians, reality stars, and a member of the A-Team? The new cast of Dancing With The Stars, of course!

On Wednesday, the lineup for season 24 of the hit dancing competition was officially revealed on Good Morning America — and it's looking to be the most competitive cast yet.

After weeks of rumors, we can finally confirm Simone Biles, The Bachelor's Nick Viall, Real Housewives' Erika Girardi, and Mr. T will all be hitting the dance floor this season.

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Simone told People she was "nervous but also excited" to be competing for the Mirrorball Trophy, something she's wanted to do "for such a long time."

But the 18-year-old gymnast will be facing off against some stiff competition of talented performers — like Glee star Heather Morris, Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei, and Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Derek Hough won't returning this season, but among the DWTS pro dancers includes two engaged couples: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, and Sasha Farber and Emma Slater.

See the full list of celeb-pro pairings for season 24 (below) — and catch the premiere March 20 on ABC!

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