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Michael Mantenuto dead; ex-actor who appeared in ‘Miracle’ was 35

Michael Mantenuto in an undated file photo. Mantenuto,

Michael Mantenuto in an undated file photo. Mantenuto, who appeared in the Disney hockey movie "Miracle" died at the age of 35.

SEATTLE — Michael Mantenuto, a former actor best known for his role in the Disney hockey movie “Miracle” and who later joined the Army, has died in the Seattle suburb of Des Moines. He was 35.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office in Seattle said Mantenuto died of a gunshot wound to the head on April 24. It ruled his death a suicide.

Des Moines police says he was found in his car at Saltwater State Park in the city Monday afternoon.

Army First Special Forces unit commander Col. Guillaume Beaurpere said in a Facebook post that the Army staff sergeant will be remembered “for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force.” A spokeswoman with Joint Base-Lewis McChord, where Mantenuto and his family lived, confirmed the post.

Beaurpere said Mantenuto is survived by his wife and two children.

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