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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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