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Beloved Actor With Millions Of Fans Kills Himself

A young, beloved actor is dead in a terrible tragedy.

Michael Mantenuto, a 35-year-old actor who gained fame for his starring role in the hockey film ‘Miracle’, is believed to have committed suicide. The acclaimed actor was discovered in Des Moines, Washington, holding a recently fired handgun and dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Mr. Mantenuto’s friends and family have revealed that the former actor may have been struggling with inner demons that developed during his time in the Special Forces. Coroners from the King County Medical Examiner’s office have officially ruled that the death was a suicide.

At an early age, Michael Mantenuto – who used to be an avid college hockey player at the University of Maine – became a household name for his first-time acting role as ‘Jack O’Callahan’ in Disney’s 2004 film ‘Miracle’. The ice hockey movie was set during the latter stages of the Cold War and was based on the 1980 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey game between the USA and the Soviet Union – a game now known as the Miracle on Ice.

After receiving critical and public acclaim for his role, Mr. Mantenuto went on to feature in smaller-scale roles in ‘Dirtbags’ and ‘Surfer Dude’. However, around this time, Mr. Mantenuto began to grow restless in his career as an actor. Eventually, the young man decided to stop acting and subsequently joined the U.S. Special Forces, where he served in the 1st Special Forces Groups (Airborne)

The former actor and soldier’s death was announced by Colonel Guillaume Beaurpere, the commanding officer of Mantenuto’s unit, in an emotional post on the Facebook page for 1st Special Forces Group Veterans.

The post reads:

“Dear 1st SFG(A) Family and Team,

It is with a great sadness that I notify you of the loss of one of our own. SSG Michael J. Mantenuto, 18E, HHC, 1st SFG(A) was found dead yesterday afternoon, 24 April 2017, by the Des Moines Police Department. 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.

He is survived by his wife Kati Vienneau, daughter Ava, and son Leo, who live locally on JBLM; and by his parents, Joseph and Kerry Mantenuto who reside in Massachusetts.

The Group is standing by to support the family in any way possible and we will professionally execute those wishes. Our deepest condolences go out to SSG Mantenuto's family, friends and teammates. We are committed to supporting them through this difficult time of loss and grief.

With my deepest sympathies,

Guillaume "Will" Beaurpere
Colonel, U.S. Army
Group Commander
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)”

Jack O’Callahan, the real man who Mantenuto gained fame for playing, has also paid his respects to the dedicated father, husband, soldier and actor. O’Callahan, a former player for the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils, remarked that Mantenuto’s death was “Very sad, way too young. Condolences and love to Katie and the family.”

It remains unclear what pushed Mr. Mantenuto to take his own life. Close friends and family believe that his inner demons came to the fore after he returned from Operation Inherent Resolve – a deployment against ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq.

“Something happened over there. He saw something,” agreed close family members.

Source: Daily Mail, USA Today
Photo: Crime Online

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