The cause of Johnny Wactor’s death is revealed, very tragic

We have an update on the tragic passing of Johnny Wactor.

As you may have heard, the actor was shot and killed early on the morning of May 25 after he encountered three men attempting to steal a catalytic converter from his vehicle, according to the star’s brother, Grant Wactor.

Wactor was reportedly returning to his car, along with a co-worker, after finishing his shift as a bartender.

Grant told People magazine that his brother stood in front of this co-worker and raised his hands to protect her… and that’s when he was killed.

Johnny Wactor, rest in peace
Johnny Wactor attends the opening night theatrical premiere of “Silent River” at Laemmle Glendale on October 13, 2022 in Glendale, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Curious Potato)

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County medical examiner announced that the actor died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

His manner of death is classified as homicide..

Grant continued in his detailed explanation to People of what happened:

“He didn’t confront them. He didn’t try to stop them. He was just trying to diffuse the situation by taking a step back.”

After the incident, the alleged criminals fled the scene, while Wactor was taken to a local hospital where he was declared deceased.

Johnny Wactor in an episode of General Hospital. (SCOTT KIRKLAND/ABC/GETTY)

Wactor was best known for his role on General Hospital as Brando Corbin, playing the character in 164 episodes of this beloved soap opera.

However, she appeared on a variety of well-known television shows, including: Army Wives, NCIS, The OA, Westworld, The Passenger, Station 19, Barbee Rehab, Siberia, Agent X, Vantastic, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Girl, Training . Day and criminal minds.

Following his murder, Wactor’s ex-fiancée Tessa Farrell became emotional on social media as she addressed her ex.

“Johnny, if you’re watching from above, I love you so much and I’m so proud of you for the person you’ve become and the obstacles you’ve overcome,” she said via Instagram.

“You have always inspired my work and what I do and I wouldn’t be here without what you taught me. So thanks Johnny. I love you. I miss you. I hope those last moments were okay for you and I’m glad someone was with you.”

Johnny Wactor in 2018Johnny Wactor in 2018
Johnny Wactor attends the world premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Mule” at Regency Village Theater on December 10, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Several of Wactor’s colleagues also spoke out after news of his death became public this week.

“I am in a state of disbelief and total sadness. “I don’t normally make posts like this, but Johnny was such a special person and it seems important (for me) to express these words,” wrote actress Kristin Storms, for example.

“To (Johnny’s) mother and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

“Johnny was one of those rare ‘real guys’ you almost never come across.”

Johnny Wactor appeared in 164 episodes of General Hospital. (ABC via Getty Images)

Sofia Mattsson, who plays the widow of Wactor’s General Hospital character, also reacted to the murder on Instagram.

“Johnny was the absolute best,” he wrote.

“So genuine. Very affectionate. Incredibly hard-working and humble. With a huge heart that spread so much kindness and joy. He always made sure everyone around him felt seen, heard, and loved.

“I greatly admire the man he was and I am a better person for having known him.”

For this interested party, a GoFundMe page has been created to help the family with funeral and travel expenses.

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