General Hospital Star Johnny Wactor, 37, Shot Dead During Robbery Attempt

Actor Johnny Wactor has died at the age of 37. Wactor, who is well-known for his two-year stint as the troubled Brando Corbin on "General Hospital," died during a robbery attempt, according to TMZ. Wactor's mother, Scarlett, confirmed his death to the outlet, revealing that Wactor was shot and killed in Los Angeles after he stumbled upon three men attempting to steal his car's catalytic converter. And though Wactor reportedly didn't attempt to interfere with the robbery, one of the men shot and killed him regardless. Although the perpetrators have yet to be publicly identified, an investigation is underway.

Wactor's agent, David Shaul released a statement about his death. "Johnny Wactor was a spectacular human being," he shared with Variety. "Standing for hard work, tenacity and a never give up attitude. In the highs and lows of a challenging profession he always kept his chin up and kept striving for the best he could be." He continued, "Not just a talented actor who was committed to his craft but a real moral example to everyone who knew him. Our time with Johnny was a privilege we would wish on everyone. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever." 

Outside of "General Hospital," Wactor is also known for his work on "Army Wives," "Hollywood World," and "Westworld". 

The soap world reacts to Johnny Wactor's death

Johnny Wactor is one of several "General Hospital" stars who have tragically died, but his passing is hitting the soap community especially hard. "General Hospital" actor Parry Shen posted a moving tribute for the departed star. "Johnny Wactor was a beautiful, beautiful soul. So talented," wrote Shen on X, formerly known as Twitter, alongside a video of them joking around while doing promo from the show. "As you can see from the promo clip, always up for anything. Funny as all heck. Fit as all hell but also loved ice cream and ate all the junk I did as well. We were all cheated of many years with him."

"General Hospital" alum Jon Lindstrom also memorialized Wactor on social media. "When the tears slow down, I am literally sick to my stomach at this news," tweeted Lindstrom. "Johnny was one of those rare young men in this business who was kind, unassuming, humble, and always thought about other people. A talented young guy who just wanted to share that talent with the world." He continued, "I wish I had enough love to fill the hole that his loved ones must feel right now, but I know that's impossible."

"The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of Johnny Wactor's untimely passing," tweeted the "General Hospital" account on X. "He was truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," continued the statement. Wactor is survived by his mother and two brothers.