Carolyn Hennesy Mourns 'Somber' Set After Johnny Wactor's Death

"General Hospital" cast mourns the tragic loss of Johnny Wactor

by Zain ul Abedin
Carolyn Hennesy Mourns 'Somber' Set After Johnny Wactor's Death
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The unexpected death of Johnny Wactor has cast a shadow over the "General Hospital" set, leaving his co-stars and the production enveloped in grief. Carolyn Hennesy, who has been a fixture on the soap opera since 2006, described the atmosphere as distinctly somber when speaking to PEOPLE at the Celebrating Aspiring Magazine Summer Edition event on June 4.

She revealed the impact of Wactor's violent death, calling it an event with a "special ugly overlay," because it was a homicide, heightening the distress among the cast and crew. This tragedy struck just last month when Wactor, known for his role as Brando Corbin, was fatally shot during a confrontation with car thieves in downtown Los Angeles.

The incident occurred in the early hours of May 25 as Wactor and a colleague were leaving their bartending shift and stumbled upon the thieves attempting to steal his catalytic converter.

Somber Pause On Set

Hennesy shared that the team had just returned from a dark week when filming was paused, which gave everyone some time to begin processing the shocking loss.

"We were dark last week, so people are processing in their own way," she stated. Despite not being close to Wactor, Hennesy expressed a deep sense of loss, emphasizing that any death within their community is profoundly felt.

The circumstances of Wactor's death are particularly poignant. He was attempting to shield his colleague from harm when he was shot. His brother, Grant Wactor, clarified that Johnny did not provoke the thieves but was merely trying to defuse the situation when they unexpectedly encountered him.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest, officially classifying it as a homicide. As the "General Hospital" community mourns, Hennesy's words resonate with a poignant reminder of the risks actors face, even off-screen, and the tight-knit nature of those who bring our favorite characters to life.