Jansen Panettiere died at the age of 28 in February 2023. TMZ was first to report the news that Jansen died in New York over the weekend of Feb. 18/19. In addition to his own work as an actor, Jansen was also known as the younger brother of actress Hayden Panettiere. Hayden, 34, and her family confirmed that Jansen died of cardiomegaly, or enlarged heart, coupled with aortic valve complications, they said in a statement to ABC News.
Jansen was Hayden’s only sibling. The pair’s parents are soap actress, Lesley R. Vogel, and fire department lieutenant, Alan “Lee” Skip Panettiere. On September 25, Hayden shared a tribute to her brother on what would’ve been his 29th birthday. The Heroes star posted a throwback photo of the siblings next to a Christmas tree when they were younger. “Happy Birthday little brother. I miss you everyday. I’ll love you forever,” Hayden wrote.
Here’s everything you need to know about Jansen Panettiere.
1. What Has Jansen Panettiere Been In?
While Jansen may not be as recognizable as his sister, he has several acting credits to his name. He had a role in Hayden’s Disney Channel movie Tiger Cruise in 2004. He also voiced characters in Ice Age and Racing Stripes and The X’s. In 2007, Jansen starred in the television film, The Last Day of Summer, and he was also in the movie The Babysitters. His most recent credit was an appearance on The Walking Dead in 2019. Some of Jansen’s other movies include The Perfect Game, The Forger, Summer Forever and more.
2. Jansen Was An Artist
In recent yers, Jansen seems to have shifted his focus more to his work as an artist. His Instagram page boasts his artwork. He also designs merchandise with his artwork, which is featured on his website. On a separate Instagram account for his art, Jansen revealed, “I started painting my problems, which became my solution.”
3. Did Jansen Have A Girlfriend?
Although Jansen didn’t often post about his personal life, he did seem to reveal that he was in a relationship with a January Instagram post. Jansen shared a series of photos with a woman in a photobooth, including one shot where they are kissing. The woman in the photos is tagged as Catherine Michie, although her Instagram account is private. “My babe,” Jansen captioned the shots.
4. Jansen Was An Uncle
Through his sister Hayden, Jansen has one niece. Hayden and Wladimir Klitschko welcomed their daughter, Kaya, in December 2014. They were engaged at the time after five years of dating on and off. Hayden and Wladimir broke up in 2018. Hayden relinquished custody of Kaya amidst her struggles with alcoholism, and the eight-year-old currently lives with Wladimir in the Ukraine.
5. Were Jansen & Hayden Close?
Jansen and Hayden seemed to have a close relationship before his death. On January 24, less than one month before Jansen died, he posted a photo of Hayden cutting his hair on Instagram. “Not the first haircut she’s tried to give me,” he captioned the post. Seven months after Janesen’s death, Hayden shared an emotional tribute to her late brother on the day that he would’ve turned 29 years old.