Panettiere family remembers late actor Jansen, says he died from enlarged heart

Jansen Panettiere, the 28-year-old actor brother of actress Hayden Panettiere, has died suddenly due to a medical condition. His family issued a statement to ABC News saying, “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.”

A Medical Examiner reported that Jansen’s sudden passing was caused by cardiomegaly – an enlarged heart complicated by an aortic valve issue. Jansen began acting on Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens” early on and appeared in various TV shows as well movies like “The Last Day of Summer” and “Tiger Cruise.”

He had also posted artwork on social media with great success prior to his death. The family requested privacy during this time while they mourn him deeply.

Jansen Panettiere was a talented artist, posting much of his work on Instagram. He had also just shared a photo of his sister, who is five years older, cutting his hair a few weeks before his death.

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Panettiere later appeared in several TV shows and alongside his sister in the 2004 Disney Channel movie “Tiger Cruise.”

His last television role was in an episode of “The Walking Dead” in 2019, when he portrayed Casper, a member of the Hilltop Colony.

source : GMA