We're heartbroken to report that former Disney Channel star Michael Galeota has passed away at only 31 years old. The actor, who is best known for his role as Nick Lighter on the series, The Jersey (which ran from 1999-2004), had been recently hospitalized for abdominal pains. TMZ reports that he also suffered from hypertension, high cholesterol, and diverticulitis, which is an inflammation of the digestive tract.
Disney star Christy Carlson Romano took to Twitter to share her condolences for Michael's family after news of his untimely passing broke.
Nickelodeon actor Drake Bell also paid tribute to Michael on social media, tweeting out a link to the GoFundMe page set up in his honor.
He also shared an Instagram tribute to the actor, writing: "Sad to hear the news about Michael Galeota. We grew up together and it breaks my heart to know he isn't with us anymore. You made a lot of us smile!"
Our thoughts are with Michael's friends and family at this very difficult time.
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