Michael Galeota, star of Disney Channel’s series The Jersey and movie Clubhouse Detectives, has died at age 31, Galeota’s brother, Jimmy, confirms to USA TODAY.
Galeota, whose last IMDB credits cite his work on Jersey from 1999-2004, went to the hospital last Wednesday after complaining about abdominal pains, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. He reportedly left the hospital last Wednesday and died Sunday.
“At this time we are not certain as to the cause of death … and more details will be released later once my family is ready,” Jimmy wrote in a message to USA TODAY via crowdfunding site GoFundMe, which the Galeota family is using to raise money for a “proper burial” for Michael. Their donation goal is $25,000.
“It is with tremendous heartfelt sadness to announce the passing of Michael James Galeota on January 10th. He died peacefully at home,” reads the donation site, created by Jimmy. “He was a precious gift – loving, giving, compassionate, joyful and intelligent. … 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.”
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told E! that Galeota suffered from hypertension and high cholesterol, and that an examination to determine the cause of death has been scheduled for Tuesday.