Revealed: The Cause of Death for 'General Hospital' Star Johnny Wactor

A horrifying night turns deadly for beloved TV actor.

by Nouman Rasool
Revealed: The Cause of Death for 'General Hospital' Star Johnny Wactor
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The world of entertainment is today in deep mourning in the wake of the passing on of Johnny Wactor, a very popular personality known for his role as Brando Corbin in the soap opera "General Hospital". The circumstances in which Wactor has sadly died were tragic and shocking, thus proving that dangers the actors are confronted with are real but not just on the screen.

Wactor's life was snuffed out in the violent early Wednesday hours of May 25. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner reported he is said to have died from gunshot wounds to the chest, and the death was ruled a homicide.This harrowing incident occurred when Wactor stumbled upon a group of thieves attempting to steal the catalytic converter from his vehicle.

His brother, Grant Wactor, shared with PEOPLE that the actor and a female colleague were heading to their cars after finishing a shift at a local bar around 3:25 a.m., when they noticed something amiss.

Fatal Misunderstanding Unfolds

Wactor noticed his vehicle appeared elevated, initially mistaking the thieves for tow truck operators.

However, the reality was far grimmer. As he approached, it became apparent these were criminals at work. Attempting to protect his colleague and defuse the situation, Wactor did not confront the thieves but instead stepped forward with his hands raised, an action that would cost him his life.

Grant Wactor recounted the heartbreaking moment, explaining, "He did not try to stop them. He was just trying to diffuse the situation by stepping back." Unfortunately, the thieves, likely startled and acting out of fear, responded with deadly force.

"There's nothing more dangerous than a coward with a gun," Grant noted, reflecting on the senseless nature of the act. Following the shooting, the assailants fled, leaving Wactor critically injured. He was later rushed to a nearby hospital, where shortly after that, he passed away—truly tragic news for the family, friends, and the world of cinema.

More successful at developing a reasonably solid career outside of "General Hospital," Johnny Wactor appeared in series like "Army Wives," "NCIS," and "The OA," among others, where he proved his extraordinary versatility in acting.

Acts of Kindness In the wake of that tragedy, a GoFundMe was established for the Wactor family's funeral and travel expenses revealed an attempt to draw community support to those touched by the loss. But in the wake of all this, the investigations continue, and the entertainment industry, along with their fans, have been left to wonder the issue of how dangerous it is to be in the public eye and just how relentless crime is to be after any victim, any time, any place.