Michael Galeota And Other Disney Child Stars Who Grew Up To Be Wild And Unhappy

Former teen star of Disney fame, Michael Galeota, was found dead on Sunday in his apartment in Glendale, California. This followed his previous complaints of abdominal pain earlier in the week; his death was determined to have been from natural causes, however an autopsy is still being processed.

According to TMZ, the 31-year-old actor had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol; additionally, he had diverticulitis — an inflammation of the digestive tract — and one source revealed Galeota was “not following medical advice” for his condition.

Reportedly, Galeota checked into a hospital on Wednesday, only to worry friends after leaving against doctor’s advice, as they did not hear from him over the weekend.

Sources claim one friend visited Galeota’s residence on Sunday to check up on him, however the actor did not answer the door, prompting his friend to break into the apartment through the window and find a lifeless Galeota on the living room floor.

Michael Galeota

Besides some DUIs, Galeota struggled with a drinking problem as well. (Screen grab from Twitter)

Galeota had reportedly been “struggling with alcohol,” racking up three DUIs from 2006 to 2015. His most recent DUI in September was an ongoing case, and previously, he served jail time on several occasions due to violating his probation in alcohol-related incidents.

This wouldn’t be the first time someone with a history on the Disney Channel had crashed and burned. While Galeota starred on Disney’s The Jersey from 1999 to 2004 — after which, the actor did not act again on television — other Disney stars have infamously bumped heads with the law and delved into substance abuse territories.

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Lindsay Lohan is one famous example. Lohan reached critical acclaim at the age of 11 with Disney’s remake of The Parent Trap, going on to star in other films such as Freaky Friday, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and the cult-favorite, Mean Girls. Lohan later encountered several run-ins with the law, including DUIs, rehab, and jail time.

Other Disney stars include Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Joe Jonas, who admitted to doing drugs together. Additionally, Lovato checked herself into rehab due to an eating disorder when she was 18 years old.

Orlando Brown, who starred on Disney’s That’s So Raven, was arrested for drug possession charges and currently has bench warrants out for his arrest. Then there’s Lalaine — of Disney’s Lizzie McGuire fame as the titular character’s best friend, Miranda Sanchez — who was arrested in 2008 for meth possession.

Could there be a Disney curse in our midst?

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