'A Spectacular Human Being': General Hospital Actor Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Actor Johnny Wactor has died at the age of 37

Published Time: 27.05.2024 - 03:31:04 Modified Time: 27.05.2024 - 03:31:04

Actor Johnny Wactor has died at the age of 37.

Wactor's agent, David Shaul, confirmed his death to PEOPLE and remembered his late client as being "a spectacular human being."

"Not just a talented actor who was committed to his craft but a real moral example to everyone who knew him. Standing for hard work, tenacity and a never give up attitude. In the highs and lows of a challenging profession he always kept his chin up and kept striving for the best he could be," Shaul said. "Our time with Johnny was a privilege we would wish on everyone. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever."

Wactor, best known for his General Hospital role as Brando Corbin, was shot and killed on Saturday, May 25, in Los Angeles, according to TMZ, which was first to report the news and confirmed Wactor's death with the actor’s mother, Scarlett Wactor, on May 26.

His mother told TMZ that Johnny and a colleague saw three men trying to steal a catalytic converter from his vehicle, and although Johnny did not attempt to stop the -

m, he was shot and subsequently rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

PEOPLE has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for more information.

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Wactor’s acting credits date back to 2007, when he appeared in three episodes of Army Wives. He went on to have roles in NCIS, The OA, Westworld, The Passenger, Station 19, Barbee Rehab, Siberia, Agent X, Vantastic, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Girl, Training Day, Criminal Minds and more.

Wactor hasn't updated his social media accounts in months, but in a June 2023 post on X (formerly Twitter), he wrote a heartfelt message to his followers.

“Have a great day everybody,” he wrote. “Some helpful reminders shared with me today: Appreciate your health and take care of it. Offer help to your neighbor today. Be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t.”

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