Former Disney star Michael Galeota dies aged 31

He was the star of one of Disney Channel's most iconic shows.

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The brother of former Disney star Michael Galeota has paid tribute to the actor, after he died aged just 31 earlier this week. 

Michael played Nick Lighter in one of the Disney Channel's first original series The Jersey from 1999 to 2004, which followed four teens who are transported into the bodies of professional athletes via a magic jersey. He also starred in movie Clubhouse Detectives. 

According to TMZ, the actor went to hospital last Wednesday complaining of abdominal pains, and died on Sunday night - although the exact cause of death is not yet known. 

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Michael's brother paid tribute to him on crowdfunding site GoFundMe, on which the Galeota family are trying to raise $25,000 for a 'proper burial'. 

"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. "It is with tremendous heartfelt sadness to announce the passing of Michael James Galeota on January 10th.  He died peacefully at home.

"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."

Our thoughts are with Michael's friends and family. 

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