Disney star Michael Galeota has died at age 31, TMZ confirmed.
TMZ says “The Jersey” actor went to the hospital last week complaining of abdominal pains and left Wednesday against his doctors wishes.
TMZ went on to say that a friend went to check up on Galeota at his home on Sunday after the actor was not heard from all weekend. Since no one answered, the friend crawled through the window and found his body in the living room.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office told E! News that Galeota had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol. According to TMZ, he was also dealing with diverticulitis, which is an inflammation of the digestive track.
“It is with tremendous heartfelt sadness to announce the passing of Michael James Galeota on January 10th. He died peacefully at home,” Galeota’s loved ones, who started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs, wrote on the website.
“He was a precious gift—loving, giving, compassionate, joyful and intelligent. A great inspiration for anyone that heard his genuine, humble, witty and joyful voice, or experienced his smile, laughter and love for just a moment. To know him was to love him,” the post continued.
“His humble nature hid a great compassionate and loving human being, with a huge heart. He cared profoundly for his family and friends. Mike was a great giver, always ready and able to care for others. Although his life was short, we are grateful and appreciate the experience of having been loved, and loved him in return, and for being in our lives. In our hearts and souls, he will always be with us.”
Till now, 80 people have donated a total of over $12,000 of the $25,000 goal. One especially noticeable donation was a hefty $5,000 from “Shia L.,” which has yet to be confirmed whether or not it is fellow Disney star Shia LaBeouf.
The post concludes, “Please help us to provide a burial that is worthy of a GIVER.”