The former college hockey player who starred in Disney’s “Miracle” in 2004 — retelling the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic gold-medal hockey team — has committed suicide, authorities said.
Michael Mantenuto was 35 and more recently was a Special Forces Group soldier.
“Mantenuto was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in Washington by the Des Moines Police Department, The Kings County Medical Examiner’s Office” told The New York Daily News.
“The Des Moines Police Department received a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. on April 24 about an ‘injured or perhaps deceased’ person in a vehicle at Saltwater State Park.”
The news was announced on an unofficial Facebook page for his military unit:
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
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
R.I.P. Miracle’s Michael Mantenuto. “Why’d you wanna play college hockey?” pic.twitter.com/IlZY7Q7G1O
— Drunk Eichel (@imdrunkeichel) April 27, 2017
R.I.P to Michael Mantenuto, Miracle is one of my favorite movies ever and we will always remember you as Jack O’Callahan ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/572EiV142T
— kyleigh (@nhlhenrique) April 27, 2017
— Jake (@Jaketoppen2) April 27, 2017
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