A well-known Disney child star has been found dead in his Californian apartment.

Michael Galeota, best known for his series The Jersey which aired on the Disney Channel, had been complaining about abdominal pain earlier in the week and had admitted into hospital.

Michael Galeota As A Young Disney Star. Image Source: Getty Images.
Michael Galeota As A Young Disney Star.
Image Source: Getty Images.

According to TMZ, after a short period in hospital, Michael left hospital against doctor’s advice on Wednesday and headed home.

Friends became worried after they did not hear from him over the weekend and went to his residence on Sunday to check on his welfare.  When Michael did not answer the door, a friend broke into the apartment through a window.  

Reports state that the 31-year-old star was found deceased on the living room floor.  An autopsy is pending, but it is expected that the star died from natural causes.

Michael had a history of hypertension, high cholesterol and diverticulitis.  Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the digestive tract and unnamed sources have told various media outlets that the star was ‘not following medical advice’ that had been given to him in relation to these conditions.

Michael began his career with guest starring roles in 1990 on The Baby-Sitters Club.  Parts on ER and Bailey Kipper’s POV quickly followed, with appearances on Ally McBeal in 1997.  He was also cast in the film, ‘Can’t Be Heaven’.

The star appeared in Disney’s The Jersey series from 1999 to 2004.



  • Very sad indeed – so young.


  • Thoughts go out to his family and friends. Tragic that he did not listen to doctors, another life cut short.


  • Heartbreaking for his family and friends. Its especially more heartbreaking to know that he knew how to help himself and didn’t follow medical advice.


  • heartbreaking – rest in peace young one x


  • I don’t think I know him. Very sad. What a pity he decided to go home even if the doctors didn’t agree. :-(


  • Lke jk


  • So sad. May he RIP.


  • May he rest in peace. Maybe his pain was too much to bear. It is so sad that he didn’t follow medical advice or me may still be with us. A life cut too short. Hopefully the cause will be found and it may prevent tragedy to others


  • I had not heard of him before this article, but it is such sad news.

    • I had not heard of him either – such a sad loss of a life.


  • Such a shame for someone to die this way.


  • Saw the headlines and still can not place him even knowing the shows. What a pity to die this way.


  • yeah i saw this online. i wasn’t a fan of those shows though.


  • I have not heard of him but this is such terribly sad news of a young life cut short. So important also to follow medical advice.


  • Thoughts go out to his family and friends. So sad when a life is taken so young.


  • A terrible tragedy – sympathy to his family and friends.


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