Johnny Wactor's Final Moments: Co-Worker Reveals He Died Protecting Her

Tragic event shatters peace, takes beloved actor's life

by Zain ul Abedin
Johnny Wactor's Final Moments: Co-Worker Reveals He Died Protecting Her
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In a harrowing incident that unfolded in the early hours of May 25, "General Hospital" star Johnny Wactor was fatally shot as he encountered thieves attempting to steal his catalytic converter. The tragic event occurred in Downtown Los Angeles, where Wactor, alongside his coworker Anita Joy, had just completed their bartending shift at Level 8.

According to Anita Joy, who was with Wactor during his final moments, the situation escalated when they stumbled upon three armed individuals tampering with Wactor's vehicle. Despite the peril, Wactor confronted the thieves, maintaining his composure and pleading for them to leave peacefully.

Tragically, the confrontation ended when one of the thieves shot Wactor, causing him to collapse into Joy's arms. Anita Joy, devastated by the loss, shared her grief and the details of that fateful night on Instagram, expressing her mix of anger and sorrow.

"He was killed senselessly by a coward," Joy posted, reflecting on the profound impact Wactor had on those around him. She emphasized how Wactor's last actions exemplified his character—brave and selfless to the end.

Wactor's Lasting Impact

The loss of Wactor has resonated deeply within the community and among his fans.

Known for his role as Brando Corbin on "General Hospital," Wactor also graced the screens in several other notable shows including "NCIS," "The OA," and "Westworld." His sudden and tragic departure has left a void in the hearts of many who knew him, whether personally or through his roles.

In the aftermath of the incident, a GoFundMe page was set up to support Wactor's family with funeral and travel expenses, which has garnered significant support, nearing $100,000 in donations. Anita Joy encourages those who can, to contribute to alleviating the financial and emotional strain on Wactor's family as they cope with this immense loss.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed that Wactor's death was due to a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled as a homicide. As the community and his loved ones mourn, there is a collective call for justice for Johnny Wactor, whose life was taken far too soon under such tragic circumstances.