Actress Hayden Panettiere’s younger brother, actor Jansen Panettiere, has died at the age of 28. According to TMZ, which was the first to break the news, Jansen died over the weekend in New York. The outlet reports that law enforcement was called to a residence Sunday night around 5:30 PM and while no official cause of death has been released, there’s no foul play suspected in Jansen’s death.
Jansen, who is five years younger than Hayden, had several film and TV roles throughout the early 2000s, including credits on Even Stevens, The X’s, Tiger Cruise, Racing Stripes, The Martial Arts Kid, The Walking Dead, Perfect Game and How High 2. His most recent role was in the 2022 Christmas film, Love and Love Not.
While Jansen was best known for his acting career, he was also passionate about art with his Instagram page filled with colorful portraits and abstract pieces. His latest upload appeared to be a portrait of his partner, Catherine Michie, captioning a photo of Michie standing next to artwork with a blue heart emoji.
Jansen is survived by sister Hayden and their parents, Lesley Vogel and Skip Panettiere.
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