General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor was shot and killed in Los Angeles early Saturday morning when he confronted three masked thieves trying to steal a valuable part from his car.

Wactor, 37, was shot when he and a colleague saw three suspects trying to take the catalytic converter from his car around 3:30 a.m. downtown, TMZ reported, citing Wactor’s mother and police.

Wactor, known for his role in the soap opera “General Hospital,” was pronounced dead early Saturday. His agent, David Shaul, told Variety that Wactor was a wonderful person who would do anything for others. Shaul said, “After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever.”

Wactor’s mother, Scarlett, told NBC4 that her son was returning to his car after work when he saw a man tampering with it. Thinking his car was being towed and not realizing the danger, he approached the man and was immediately shot. The suspect then fled with two other men. Scarlett called her son’s death “senseless.”

Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain valuable metals. The incident occurred at the corner of West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street in downtown LA. No arrests have been made.

Producers at “General Hospital” paid tribute to Wactor, saying he was “truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with each and every day.” Besides his two-year role on the show, Wactor also appeared in the 2013 NBC series “Siberia” and two episodes of HBO’s “Westworld.”

“Johnny was one of those rare young men in this business who was kind, unassuming, humble, and always thought about other people,” Lindstrom tweeted. “A talented young guy who just wanted to share that talent with the world.

“I wish I had enough love to fill the hole that his loved ones must feel right now, but I know that’s impossible. Johnny will be missed on this plane. For a long time to come.”

Nancy Lee Grahn called the shooting “tragic, enraging, and heartbreaking.”

“What a lovely man Johnny was,” she tweeted.

Published: 27th May 2024

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