“General Hospital ”Pays Tribute to Late Star Johnny Wactor

The ABC soap opera paid tribute to the late actor, who was fatally shot last month

<p>Jesse Grant/Getty</p> Johnny Wactor on October 13, 2022 in Glendale, California.

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Johnny Wactor on October 13, 2022 in Glendale, California.

General Hospital paid tribute to late cast member Johnny Wactor on Tuesday, June 11.

The ABC soap opera concluded the episode with a title card in memory of the late soap star, per TV Line. He played Brando Corbin on General Hospital from 2020 to 2022.

Wactor was fatally shot and killed on May 25 at age 37. The actor was ending his shift as a bartender in Los Angeles and walking towards his car when he came upon three armed car thieves who were attempting to steal his catalytic converter from his vehicle.

Four days later, PEOPLE reported the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner determined that Wactor's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, and his manner of death was listed as a homicide.

“He was a good person,” Wactor's brother Grant previously told PEOPLE. “He was taken way too early, and no one should be taken like this at all. He touched a lot of people. He believed in his core values to the end, and he lived life to the fullest the way he wanted to. And he was happy doing that.”

On June 6, PEOPLE obtained a copy of the General Hospital star's death certificate, which revealed he was cremated and his ashes will be sent to his mother Scarlett Wactor in Summerville, S.C.

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<p>Scott Kirkland/ABC/Getty</p> Johnny Wactor in "General Hospital" on ABC

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Johnny Wactor in "General Hospital" on ABC

Wactor — who also acted on NCIS, Westworld, Criminal Minds and more — was with co-worker Anita Joy when he was fatally shot. She was working alongside Wactor at Level 8 in Downtown Los Angeles before the incident and was by his side when he died.

"I was with Johnny in his last moments and I'm here to be his voice after such unimaginable events," she wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday, May 29. "He was killed senselessly by a coward who reacted without care of the gorgeous life he was taking. So I'm angry, I'm sad and I'm all of the feelings at once... but above all, I am here for Johnny's justice."

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Along with Grant and Joy's comments, several more of Wactor's General Hospital castmates, his fans and loved ones paid tribute to him.

Sofia Mattsson, who played his on-screen wife, spoke of her “super goofy” friend in a conversation with PEOPLE at the 2024 Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 7.

<p>Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty</p> Johnny Wactor

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Johnny Wactor

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“We shared so many great memories, so many tears and laughter on and off screen,” Mattsson told PEOPLE. “He just helps supporting everyone. He knows everyone's name. He's just friendly with everyone. He is super, super goofy. And just always made you laugh, and made you feel so comfortable and at home.”

Carolyn Hennesy told PEOPLE at the Celebrating Aspiring Magazine Summer Edition event on Tuesday, June 4, that it's been “somber on set” since Wactor’s tragic death. “We have a lot of lovely actors on the show, and when we lose one, it's a killer. It's just a killer,” she said.

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