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28-Year-Old Actor Dies Suddenly Due to Enlarged Heart


28-year-old actor Jansen Panettiere, the younger brother of actress Hayden Panettiere, died suddenly due to complications of cardiomegaly (enlarged heart).

The young actor died February 19th in New York City.

Panettiere’s family confirmed the news in a statement.

“It is with great sorrow we share the tremendous, untimely loss of our beautiful Jansen,” the family said.

“Though it offers little solace, the Medical Examiner reported Jansen’s sudden passing was due to cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), coupled with aortic valve complications.”

NBC News reported:

The statement, which was signed by father Skip Panettiere, mother Lesley Vogel and sister Hayden, said “Jansen’s heart could be seen in his eyes, and his charm in his brilliant, engaging smile; his soul in his masterful and revealing paintings, and the joy of life in his dry wit.

“His charisma, warmth, compassion for others, and his creative spirit will live forever in our hearts and in the hearts of all whom he encountered.”

Since the early 2000s, Jansen Panettiere had appeared in multiple television shows and played characters in series including “Even Stevens,” “Third Watch,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Major Crimes.”

In Season Nine of “The Walking Dead,” he played Casper in an episode titled “The Calm Before.”

After his death, producers at Valhalla Entertainment, the production company behind “The Walking Dead,” expressed their condolences on Twitter.

Resist The Mainstream noted:

The New York Post reported that according to a report in the Orangetown Police Department, a friend found Jansen sitting in a chair in his home, unresponsive. The friend immediately tried to revive Panettiere — administering CPR and calling 911. EMTs arrived quickly but could not revive the 28-year-old actor.

Jansen suffered from mental health issues; friends became concerned when he missed a business meeting earlier that day.

The film industry has been notoriously strict on COVID-19 jab mandates.

Actors and extras on set were reportedly mandated to take the experimental COVID-19 shot.

In a speech at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award show, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said it’s time to end Hollywood’s “bulls – – t” COVID-19 jab mandate.

“As the nation declares an end to the COVID emergency this May, I hope we will see everyone return to work in equal opportunity,” Drescher added.

From the New York Post:

The industry’s pandemic protocols were originally set to end Jan. 31, but will now expire April 1. Meanwhile, more than 20 states still enforce vaccine mandates to varying degrees.

Those who oppose the mandates believe that they discriminates against people who refuse to be vaccinated for religious or medical reasons.

“The Nanny” star used her moment in the awards season spotlight to put pressure on Hollywood to use its blockbuster bankroll to influence state politics and make change.

“Our industry brings billions of production dollars to states across the nation, but if they want our business, let’s wield our financial influence to make governors act in the best interest of freedom, diversity, inclusion and democracy,” Drescher said. “As my character Bobbi Flekman said in ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ — money talks and bulls – – t walks!”


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