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Disney Star's Chilling 3-Line Suicide Note Revealed

A former soldier, father-of-two, and Disney actor, Michael Mantenuto, was found dead in his vehicle, in Des Moines, Washington in April. Mr. Mantenuto was discovered in his seat, with a gunshot wound to his mouth and a black Glock-23 pistol in his hand. There was also a spare bag of bullets, a blue mountain bike, a baseball cap, several bottles of water and a notebook, which police believe contains the 35-year-old’s suicide note. For operation reasons, police have chosen to withhold the contents of the notebook.

Mr. Mantenuto, who starred as Jack O’Callahan (famed Olympic ice hockey star) in Disney’s ‘Miracle’, had driven out to a remote spot in Des Moines and never returned. After assessing Mantenuto’s body, the King County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the Disney actor has been killed by a close-range gunshot into his mouth. At this stage, police are confident that the gunshot was self-inflicted and they have not discovered any evidence of foul play.

According to the Daily Mail, Mantenuto encountered a hiker 15 minutes before his death. The hiker, who had parked his car next to Mantenuto’s Jeep SUV at Saltwater State Park, told police that he returned to the parking lot when he heard “a popping sound,” whereupon he found Mantenuto “with blood on his mouth.”

After the hiker contacted the authorities, the Des Moines Police Department quickly dispatched officers to the remote park. However, when officers arrived at the scene, they were unable to identify Mantenuto, with Sergeant Mike Graddon reporting that the identification of the body took more than 24 hours.

Although he is famous for his role in ‘Miracle,’ many of Mantenuto’s fans are unaware that he later became a Special Forces soldier, serving in the Green Berets. Before he committed suicide, Mr. Mantenuto had been stationed in Washington, training with a K-9 Unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

One of Mantenuto’s fellow soldiers, Matthew Martell, was interviewed by the Daily Mail, where he repeatedly emphasized the humility and kindness of Mantenuto. “He told us the other movies were not good and not to watch them actually, so he was very funny and that I respect. But as far as Miracle goes, he was very humbled [by its success],” declared Martell.

Considering the covert nature of Special Forces operations, details about Mr. Mantenuto’s service are scarce. However, according to the Daily Mail, Mantenuto was deployed in Syria to fight against the Islamic State as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Mr. Mantenuto’s personal life might shed some light on his tragic decision to commit suicide. According to Mr. Martell, Mantenuto had suffered from “demons” and depression long before his acting career came to an end.

Mantenuto’s battle with depression occasionally manifested in violence, and the former actor was previously arrested for losing his temper and destroying a glass display case. At some point after this incident, Mantenuto checked himself into Cedar Hills hospital in Portland, Oregon, for mental health treatment.

One of the other participants of the Cedar Hills program, Wendy Wilson-Heid, became close to Mantenuto. Unfortunately, the Cedar Hills program didn’t give Mantenuto the solace he needed. Two weeks before he died, Mantenuto decided to stop training with his K-9 Unit, a warning sign that Ms. Wilson-Heid regrets not noticing, telling the Daily Mail: “I didn't get into him about why that had happened. He just said [to me], 'I need to get my life together and I couldn't do it by doing that'.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube, Des Moines Police Department

The contents of the note were redacted in police documents.

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