Who was Michael Galeotti?

Michael ‘Mike’ Galeotti was born on Long Island, New York State USA, on 28 August 1984 – his zodiac sign was Virgo, and he held American nationality. He was a musician, and is still remembered for having been the husband of Bethany Joy Lenz, a famous American actress, moviemaker and singer-songwriter.

Michael passed away on 11 January 2016, aged 31, from atherosclerotic heart disease; he was found at his apartment by a friend, after Michael had failed to answer his calls.

Early life and education

Michael was raised on Long Island by his parents about whom nothing’s known, as he respected their privacy; it’s said that his father was the owner of his own small company, and that his mother was a high school teacher. Because he didn’t speak of having any siblings, most people believe that Michael was an only child.

He became interested in acting and music while attending a local high school, and was a member of a couple of bands during his four years there. Michael learned to play a couple of instruments, including the keyboards and guitar, so upon matriculating in 2002 he didn’t enroll at college, but chose to pursue his career as a musician.

Michael’s career

Not a lot is known about Michael’s career, except that he was once the keyboardist of the indie rock band Enation from Battle Ground, Washington State. The band was founded in 2003 by the brothers Richard Lee and Jonathan Jackson, who are today also popular actors, and Michael became their keyboardist in the following year, while Daniel Sweatt became their bassist. Richard Lee is Enation’s frontman, singing and playing various instruments, including the guitar and piano, while he has also written most of their songs, and his brother Jonathan plays the bass guitar and bass synth.

Between 2004 and 2011, the boys were signed to Hilasterion Records; they released their debut album “Identity Theft” in 2004, followed by another two albums in 2007, entitled “Where the Fire Starts” and “Soul & Story: Volume One”, then five other albums, including the 2008 “World in Flight”, the 2009 “The Future is a Memory: Live” and the 2011 “My Ancient Rebellion”.

Michael quit the band in 2012, and there were rumors circulating the internet claiming that he was fired because of his alcoholism, coming to the rehearsals drunk, and occasionally not showing up at all.

Enation has since released three albums: “Radio Cinematic” in 2014, “Live from Nashville” in 2016, and “Anthems For The Apocalypse” in 2017.

Love life and marriage with Bethany Joy Lenz

Michael and Bethany apparently met at a bar at which he was performing with one of his former bands, in the first half of the 2000s.

They married on 31 December 2005, in a private ceremony attended by only their best man and maid of honor; in 2011, Bethany gave birth to their daughter.

In March 2012, Bethany revealed that she was divorcing Michael, claiming that they were to remain friends, and would be raising their daughter together. Bethany started dating the American actor Wes Ramsey in the same year, and they were in a relationship for the following five years.

After the divorce, Michael apparently turned more and more to alcohol, and was arrested for driving under the influence on multiple occasions. He developed several health problems, including hypertension, diverticulitis and a high cholesterol level, and was advised by his doctor to stop drinking, and take better care of his health.

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Michael failed to take his advice, and found himself in hospital in January 2016, but insisted no being discharged, although doctors once again suggested otherwise; Michael was found dead only a couple of days later.

Hobbies and other interests

Michael was physically quite active prior to his divorce, and had multiple training sessions at the gym every week, while he had also followed a strict diet, avoiding fast food and sweets.

He liked to travel, and had been all around the US with his band, while he had also vacationed with Bethany in a couple of European countries; his dream travel destination was London, England.

Michael was a lover of animals, and had a pet dog.

He enjoyed spending his spare time in nature and visiting national parks.

Michael was a fan of the film industry, and his favorite actor and actress were Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock, while a couple of his favorite movies were “Inception”, “Titanic” and “Catch Me If You Can”.

Age, height and net worth

At the time of his death. Michael had short brown hair and brown eyes, his height was 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighed around 155lbs (70kgs).

His net worth was estimated at more than $300,000, while his former wife Bethany’s net worth is estimated at more than $6 million, as of early 2022.

Who is Bethany Joy Lenz?

Bethany Joy Lenz was born in Hollywood, Florida USA, on 2 April 1981 – her zodiac sign is Aries, and she holds American nationality. She’s appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Cassie Jollenston in five episodes of the hit mystery crime series “Dexter” in 2013.

It was created by James Manos Jr., starred Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and David Zayas, and follows Dexter Morgan, a man who becomes a serial killer at night, while he solves crimes during the day; the series aired from 2006 to 2013, and won 57 awards, including four Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 196 other awards.

Bethany was raised in Hollywood alongside her step-sister Candace and step-brother Sam, by her father Robert George Lenz who was a therapist and history teacher, and her mother Cathie who was a personnel manager. Bethany became interested in singing at a very early age, and was three when she started performing at Carpenter’s Church; she was also into acting, and launched her career aged 11 with her portrayal of Shelly Barnes in the 1992 musical family film “Psalty’s Salvation Celebration”.

She gained recognition between 1998 and 2000, when she starred in 49 episodes of the soap opera “Guiding Light”, which aired between 1952 and 2009, numbering more than 3,000 episodes. She went on to star in the 2002 science fiction movie “The Legacy”, and between 2003 and 2012, Bethany played Haley James Scott in the critically acclaimed romantic sports series “One Tree Hill”. It was created by Mark Schwahn, starred Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty and Hilarie Burton, and follows the half-brothers Nathan Scott and Lucas who are competing at everything, including sports, their number of friends, and number of girlfriends; the series won four of the 31 awards for which it was nominated.

A couple of Bethany’s most recent roles have been in the crime thriller movie “Blindfire” and  romantic comedy film “Five Star Christmas” both in 2020, and the 2021 romantic drama movie “An Unexpected Christmas”; she’s currently shooting for the horror thriller movie “So Cold the River”.

For her acting skills, Bethany has been nominated for five awards.

She’s also a singer, and released her first album “Preincarnate” in October 2002, while her second album followed in 2005, entitled “Come On Home”. Bethany signed a contract with Sony Epic Records in 2006, but quit after only a couple of months. Between 2008 and 2012, she was one half of the folk music duo Everly, with the other half being Amber Sweeney. On 23 December 2014, Bethany released her extended play (EP) “Get Back to Gold”.

Most recently, she released her Christmas album “Snow” in December 2020.

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