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Former Disney Channel Star Michael Galeota Dead At 31

The former child star was best known for his role on "The Jersey."
Michael Galeota in 2000 at the premiere of "The Kid."
Michael Galeota in 2000 at the premiere of "The Kid."

Former Disney Channel star Michael Galeota has died at the age of 31. 

Galeota, who was best known for playing Nick Lighter on "The Jersey" from 1999 to 2004, died on Jan. 10, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told The Huffington Post. 

The former child actor was found unresponsive by a friend in his Glendale, California home and paramedics were called to the scene. 

Sources told TMZ that the actor died just days after he allegedly went to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain, only to check himself out against doctors' advice. 

The cause of death has yet to be released at this time and an autopsy is pending. 

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