Los Angeles, CA,

Johnny Wactor, former actor of the popular soap opera “General Hospital,” tragically lost his life on Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles while reportedly interrupting a theft. He was 37 years old.

According to Wactor’s agent, David Shaul, and CNN affiliate KABC, the incident occurred as Wactor left work early Saturday morning. His mother informed KABC that he was attempting to stop thieves when he was fatally shot.

Wactor’s agent, David Shaul, released a heartfelt statement about the actor’s untimely death. “Johnny Wactor was 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. 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.”

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the incident took place around 3 a.m. in the area of Pico Boulevard and Hope Street. Wactor was fatally shot by one of three suspects attempting to extract the catalytic converter from his car. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Wactor was best known for his portrayal of Brando Corbin on “General Hospital,” where he appeared in more than 160 episodes from 2020 to 2022. His character, Brando, was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs) and was married to drug addict Sasha Corbin (Sofia Mattsson).

Johnny Wactor’s career began with his television debut in the Lifetime drama series “Army Wives,” where he appeared in various guest roles between 2007 and 2009. He also guested on several other notable series, including “Westworld,” “The OA,” “Station 19,” “Siberia,” “Agent X,” “Vantastic,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Hollywood Girl,” “Training Day,” “Criminal Minds,” “Struggling Servers,” “Age Appropriate,” “NCIS,” “The Passenger,” and “Barbee Rehab.”

Wactor’s talent extended beyond television, as he worked on several short films starting in 2010. His credits include “The Grass Is Never Greener,” “GoldenBox,” “The Con-Artist,” “Flyover States,” “A Most Suitable Applicant,” “The Interrogation,” “Anything for You, Abby,” “The Relic,” and “We Won’t Forget,” among others. He wrote and starred in the 2022 short film “Broken Riders.”

In feature films, Wactor appeared in the 2016 film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, and Thomas Jane. Additional film credits include “Menthol,” “Ever,” “Trapper’s Edge,” “Supercell,” and “Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.”

Johnny Wactor’s legacy is one of dedication, kindness, and talent. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and fans.