Michael Galeota, former child star best known for the Disney Channel series The Jersey, has died at the age of 31 on January 10. His death is currently being listed as by natural causes pending an autopsy, but the condition of his health is turning into a key factor.
TMZ first reported that he was hospitalized last week after complaining of abdominal pains. Against doctor's advice, he left for home on Wednesday. Concerned friends, who did not hear from him all weekend, had to climb through a window to find him lying dead in his living room.
TMZ is adding that Galeota had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol as well as suffering from diverticulitis, which is an inflammation of the digestive tract (typically within the large intestine or colon).
Link to TMZ report: http://www.tmz.com/2016/01/11/disney-st ... eota-dead/
Galeota's family started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his funeral with the goal being $25,000 as he had stopped acting since The Jersey ended in 2004. As of writing, they've already raised over $13,800 within 9 hours.
GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/mikegaleota#
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