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Former Disney star Michael Mantenuto, was hospitalized for depression in 2015 after he was posted to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 'He really tried his best to ensure that if the soldiers beneath us or anyone had issues to do with anything, they would know what they needed to do to get help. I will never forget you and will always remember your guidance. Mantenuto was part of ODA 1222, B Co., 2nd BN, 1st Special Forces Group, and HHC, 1st Special Forces Group, according to his Army Special Operations Command bio in 2016 he was deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He attended special forces training in 2013, and went on to become a communications sergeant. The Portland clinic, which focuses on treating depression and addiction problems, has a specialist military floor and it was there that he met Wilson-Heid. When police arrived, he ran off but was captured and brought back to the restaurant where he paid $350 to cover the damage. A friend told DailyMail.com he confessed he needed to transfer jobs to 'get [his] life together'. “He was tough and determined, and he was a heck of a player, too. But right when he thought he lost his shot, it turned out the fight had made him stand out. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? “To be able to combine the acting, all the expression, the hockey, and be able to segue from one career that I loved so much to another where I wanted my life to go … It was pretty special.”. ', James 'Ed' Mantenuto (pictured) coached a high school and brought his young son to practice. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group, where he was stationed as a communications sergeant until his death. “It has been a tough 24 hours since I found out one of Drake’s hockey coaches took his own life on Monday,” he wrote. On his return, Wilson-Heid says he seemed no different, while a friend who worked with him at Fort Bragg angrily told this website that reports he had been somehow changed by the experience are 'inaccurate'. At Fort Bragg, Teena notes, the special forces corps trains around the clock for a minimum of 16 to 18 months. Mantenuto, who was already battling depression, appears to have been hit hard by the loss of his hockey and acting careers but eventually decided to pursue a third career in the military. By Ruth Styles In Des Moines, Washington For Dailymail.com, Published: 21:42 BST, 1 May 2017 | Updated: 22:43 BST, 1 May 2017. He was also a devoted 'family man' and loved outdoor pursuits. 'He was nice to everybody. He was hospitalized for depression in 2015. He was pumped.”. “He was so much more than just a Miracle actor,” Teena, a friend of the actor who asked that her last name remain anonymous, tells PEOPLE. 'I think he wanted to get out of the situation he was in,' Wilson-Heid told DailyMail.com. Wife of police officer who quit after he was nearly killed by Novichok in Salisbury poisonings pays tribute... Britons are being sentenced to a slow, agonising death... by No 10's panic squad, writes PETER HITCHENS. , "Special Forces soldier, 'Miracle' movie star found dead in apparent suicide", "'Miracle' Star Michael Mantenuto Found Dead at 35", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Mantenuto&oldid=970794067, Suicides by firearm in Washington (state), Maine Black Bears men's ice hockey players, American male actors who committed suicide, Turner Classic Movies person ID same as Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 August 2020, at 12:38. [Mantenuto] battled all kinds of things. He didn't want to see anybody else fall into the traps that he did. “Drake is devastated and confused. I didn't hear one bad thing about him - he was just a great kid. On the 24th this amazing man passed away. He added: '[Mantenuto] did teach a class - I forget the name but was really geared towards getting help if you need it. Although the investigation into Mantenuto's death is still ongoing, his remains have been transported to Massachusetts where his funeral will be held. Michael Mantenuto’s Net Worth . “With this movie, I was able to combine the different parts of my life that were important to me,” Mantenuto told the Globe, who was 22 when he filmed Miracle. ', Kelley added: 'Everybody I've talked to says he was just an incredible guy. 'He loved acting but I think Mike was fighting his own demons.'. The chain of command at all levels approved it and he spent months working on that project. “In life you find those that inspire you and mentor you. “Best known for his role as OC in the Disney movie Miracle, Mike impacted the Army as Special Force k-9 handler and recently was developing a program for soldiers who struggle with addiction. “I wasn’t really looking to fight, but once we started fighting, I thought I was going home … Afterwards, I went up to Gavin to apologize, but he was very happy. Michael Mantenuto had a lifetime of training for his Miracle role By Michael Miller and Ale Russian April 27, 2017 08:59 PM The website Legacy.com has an open comment board where fans and loved ones can leave messages. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. The case was later disposed. 22 veterans commit suicide a day. After a short career in show business, Mantenuto joined the Army. Although he would not confirm whether a suicide note had been found, he did say that Mantenuto's lifeless body could have been undiscovered in the remote area for up to 12 hours. Double amputee dancer whose breathtaking performance at London 2012 opening ceremony saw him hoisted high... Advertising tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell's estranged wife Cristiana Falcone says she 'totally lost' her... Census will ask public to provide details about their sexual orientation and gender identity for first time... Meghan Markle fans speculate she is wearing Princess Diana's £75,000 emerald cut aquamarine ring on her... Police launch probe after 'human bones' were found in a Greater Manchester town. I didn't get into it with him about why that had happened. 'He told us the other movies were not good and not to watch them actually, so he was very funny and that I respect,' Martell told DailyMail.com. “SSG Mike Mantenuto was that not only for me but for my team,” she continued. Those that take the time to impact lives of others,” wrote Samantha Brinegar, a U.S. Army Specialist on Facebook. “This course is intense and incredibly time consuming, but he found time for his passion and youth. Mantenuto enlisted in 2010, two years after making his final film, Surfer Dude. Mantenuto, an actor who starred in the Disney film Miracle before joining the Special Forces in 2013, was found dead in his car in Des Moines, Washington, on April 24. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Matthew Martell, 33, (left) is part of Mantenuto's Special Forces unit and attended his classes. Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty. Our hearts go out to his wife Katie, son and teammate Leo, daughter Ava and his parents,” he added. This stuff is real and it breaks my heart that I lost such an amazing leader and friend. Friends say the episode was out of character for Mantenuto, who 'was nice to everybody' and 'very well-intentioned'. Katie, Leo and Ava you will always be a part of our hockey family. Police have not revealed if there was a suicide note on him, Mantenuto killed himself in his car at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines, Washington. He also attended SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) training — a notoriously tough course that prepares soldiers for when they are lost behind enemy lines, or are taken prisoner. Michael Mantenuto had a lifetime of training for his Miracle role. Matthew Martell, 33, of Dupont, Washington, is part of the same Special Forces unit and attended Mantenuto's classes. That attitude came out at his audition when another player started taunting other actors and he defended them, getting into a fight in front of director Gavin O’Connor. He told DailyMail.com that Mantenuto had been battling 'his demons' since his early 20s but would go out of his way to help other soldiers. His friends in Washington, meanwhile, are planning a memorial service for him on May 11 at North Fort on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. And Mantenuto’s assistant high school coach Peter Torilli told the Globe at the time that his former player had the right attitude to play the brash and charismatic O’Callahan. Salvation arrived through Hollywood stardom, with the then 22-year-old landing a role in 2004 Disney film Miracle. By the end of the 28-day program, Mantenuto and Wilson-Heid had 'bonded' – and, with a number of others on the same course, formed a support group that he was part of until his death.
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