Disney’s ‘Miracle’ actor, Michael Mantenuto, dead at 35

Disney actor and hockey player, Michael Mantenuto, died on Monday from an apparent suicide at age 35.

Variety reports that Manetenuto fatally shot himself while inside his car in Des Moines, Washington. The King County medical examiner’s office ruled the death as a suicide, caused by a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Manetenuto was a University of Maine hockey player before getting his big break when he landed the role of defenseman hockey player, Jack O’Callahan, in Disney’s Miracle movie. He starred alongside Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson. Miracle is based on the true story about the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

The actor also appeared in Dirtbags in 2006 and Surfer, Dude in 2008. After his acting career ended, Manetenuto joined the U.S. Army.

Col. Guillaume “Will” Beaurpere, group commander of the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), announced Mantenuto’s death on Thursday afternoon.

“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.”

Mantenuto, originally from Holliston, Massachusetts, is survived by his wife, Kati Vienneau; their two children, Ava and Leo; his father, Ed; and his three sisters.

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[Feature Photo: Star Max via AP Images]