Johnny Wactor’s Ex-Fiancee Mourns His Tragic Death, Says She Still Wears Her Engagement Ring (Exclusive)

Johnny WactorTessa Farrell’s ex-fiancée speaks after the General Hospital of the actor tragic shooting death over the weekend at just 37 years old.

Sitting down with ET’s Kevin Frazier in an exclusive interview, the Barbee Rehab The actress shared that she is still in shock and disbelief over the loss of her former partner, whom she originally met in 2013 after moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. While they eventually broke up after a brief engagement in the late 2010s, Farrell says they remained friends until her death Saturday at the hands of an unidentified gunman.

She choked back tears as she spoke of the “good guy” who was reportedly protected a co-worker from gunshots as he walked her to her car after a waitressing shift in downtown Los Angeles. Reports indicate that the couple, who worked together at the Level 8 nightclub, went outside to find armed strangers around her car and he stepped in front of her co-worker to protect her.

During her interview with ET, a heartbroken Farrell took a moment to show off her engagement ring, a family heirloom from her own grandparents who were married for 50 years, which she says now has more meaning than ever after the horrible turn of events. . Farrell explained that when she and Wactor decided to get engaged, they didn’t have a ring, but decided they could use the piece of jewelry she already held dear to her heart to symbolize their bond.

“It was a really beautiful moment, and I always had it on before and I always will because it reminds me of, you know, true love or eternal love,” Farrell said. “Sadly, it has a different meaning (now), but, you know, I’m grateful, at least I still have it and I have memories of it.”

Johnny Wactor as Brando Corbin in ‘General Hospital’Scott Kirkland/ABC via Getty Images

Farrell said that even these days, he is still struggling to come to terms with the disappearance of his former partner and lifelong friend. She shared that when a mutual friend first told her about her death over the weekend, she was stunned and initially thought something might have happened to her while she was rock climbing.

The actor was an avid climber who posted numerous photos of his outdoor adventures on his Instagram page. The last photo of him, posted in November, was a black-and-white snapshot of him on top of a mountain with a rope draped over his shoulders, supposedly after a climb.

When she found out what had really happened through a phone call, she was shocked and held out hope that he might still be alive, which quickly faded.

“I wonder, ‘Where was he shot?’ You know, ‘Where is he now? I want to, you know, go see him or help him.’ And she didn’t initially tell me where he was shot,” Farrell said of the phone call. “She just said he didn’t make it. And at that point, there’s nothing I can do, you know, nothing anyone can say or do to change that.”

The Los Angeles Police Department has said local news media that a man, who was not identified but has since been identified as Wactor, was shot around 3 a.m. near Pico Boulevard and Hope Street on Saturday. He was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

On Monday, Wactor’s brother, Grant, said The Daily Mail that the actor and his co-worker were leaving a bartending shift when the series of events unfolded.

“We’re Southerners, born and raised, and we would never let a woman walk to her car alone,” Grant said. “She passed them and thought they were towing her truck. She then said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?'”

“Once he turned around, he saw what was happening and put his co-worker behind him,” Grant said, adding, “That’s when he was shot.”

Johnny Wactor was shot and killed early Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles.Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

It’s no surprise to his ex-fiancée, who told ET, “He was a very noble man and always did the right thing. And that doesn’t surprise me at all because he was the kind of person who would step up and do the right thing.” . The right thing.”

He said that while he hasn’t spoken to the woman Wactor was walking with at the time of the shooting, he has tried to reach out and offer whatever support he can, but that the unidentified co-worker is “a little taken aback right now.” ” and I’m not sure “how to process this.”

Until she’s ready to speak, however, Farrell makes it her mission to ensure Wactor’s legacy is safe. She says she hopes the world celebrates him by “doing the right thing” and remembering him for his courage and kindness.

“Just be brave and stand up and, you know, be active members of our community and come together,” the actress said, adding that she probably has more things she wishes she could say, but “it’s hard to think about right now.”

Farrell said they may not have ended up together (she admits they were better off as good friends), but they permanently changed each other’s lives and she will carry Wactor with her for the rest of her days.

“He was very funny. He was great at drama and great at comedy,” she told ET. “He helped shape my path as an artist.”

Immediately after his death, tributes from Wactor’s co-stars began pouring in with their own memorial posts for the actor.

General Hospital The producers said in a statement to ET that they are mourning the loss of the actor and sent their love to his family and friends.

“The totality General Hospital The family is heartbroken to learn of Johnny Wactor’s untimely passing. He was truly unique and a pleasure to work with every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time,” the show’s executives shared.

Sofia Mattsson, who plays Sasha Corbin, the wife of Wactor’s Brando Corbin character, in General Hospital — shared a series of photos of their characters together over the years, writing that his heart “is completely broken.”

“Johnny was the absolute best. Very genuine. Very caring. Incredibly hard-working and humble. With a big heart that spread so much kindness and joy. He always made sure everyone around him felt seen, heard and loved. I admire the man “It was a lot and I am a better person for having known him,” he wrote.

Mattsson continued, “We shared so many special moments, both on and off screen, and I will always hold them dearly in my heart. You will be sorely missed, Johnny…I’m sure you’re already busy taking care of everyone.” there ❤️.”

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