Soap star shot dead aged 37 in horror robbery gone wrong

Johnny Wactor
-Credit: (Image: ABC via Getty Images)

Soap star Johnny Wactor tragically passed away at age 37 on Saturday (25 May) after an altercation in a Los Angeles car park led to him being shot at.

Johnny, who was known for his role in US show General Hospital, noticed three men allegedly attempting to steal a catalytic converter from his car and was fatally shot - despite not getting involved, according to police. His mother, Scarlett, then confirmed to TMZ that Johnny had sadly lost his life in hospital.

Scarlett has also detailed that her son had left a rooftop bar nearby when he saw the three by his car, but wasn't aware what was going on. The police have confirmed that the three suspects fled the scene in a vehicle and have not been arrested.

Johnny in character on General Hospital
Johnny portrayed Brando Corbin in General Hospital -Credit:ABC via Getty Images

In a statement to ABC, Johnny's mother shared: "There are not enough words to tell what a beautiful soul he was. He was a kind loving son and brother, he lived life to the fullest. He set goals and went after them. There is a very large hole on our hearts and lives."

Johnny's agent, David Shaul, described him as a "spectacular human being" as he also confirmed the actor's death to Variety, releasing a statement. He wrote: "Not just a talented actor who was committed to his craft but a real moral example to everyone who knew him. Standing for hard work, tenacity and a never give up attitude.”

“He would literally give you the shirt off his back. After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever," concluded David.

Johnny Wactor
Following the altercation, Johnny was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead there -Credit:Johnny Wactor/Instagram

Many other tributes have been pouring in for Johnny, with Perez Hilton commenting on the actor's last Instagram post saying: "My deepest condolences to all of your loved ones. Light and strength to them!" A number of his General Hospital co-stars wrote on the same post with their condolences.

Sofia Mattsson, who portrayed Johnny's on-screen wife, shared a carousel of pictures with the actor to her Instagram account, writing: "My heart is so utterly broken… Johnny was the absolute best. So genuine. So caring. Incredibly hard working and humble. With a huge heart that spread so much kindness and joy. He always made sure everyone around him felt seen, heard and loved. I admire the man he was so much and I’m a better person for having known him."

Sofia Mattsson and Johnny Wactor on General Hospital
His on-screen wife, Sofia Mattsson, paid a heartfelt tribute to him via Instagram -Credit:ABC via Getty Images

We shared so many special moments, both on and off screen, and I will forever cherish them deeply in my heart. You will be so incredibly missed Johnny… I’m sure you’re already busy taking care of everyone up there

ABC's General Hospital also released a statement to their official Instagram account, penning: "The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of Johnny Wactor’s untimely passing. 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 loved ones during this difficult time."