Miracle actor Michael Mantenuto committed suicide on Monday, April 24, at the age of 35. Mantenuto is survived by his wife, a daughter, Ava, a son, Leo, and his parents, Joseph and Kerry.
Mantenuto was found dead as the result of a gunshot wound in Washington by the Des Moines Police Department.
Mantenuto’s death was announced by Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of Mantenuto’s US Army’s First Special Forces Group. He joined the military following his acting career.
“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,” the press release said.
Mantenuto, a college hockey player, portrayed Jack O’Callahan in the 2004 Disney movie Miracle.
Miracle was about the U.S. Men’s Olympic hockey team that went on to win the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The film also starred Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks, the legendary coach of the U.S. Olympic hockey team.
Other than Miracle, Mantenuto only starred in two other movies, Dirtbags and Surfer Dude, before joining the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Michael Mantenuto Cause Of Death
Michael Mantenuto died by committing suicide at the age of 35.
Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, the commander of Mantenuto’s army unit, announced his death on Facebook:
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.
Mantenuto is survived by his wife, a daughter, Ava, a son, Leo, as well as his parents Joseph and Kerry.