Jansen Panettiere, the brother of actress Hayden Panettiere, was discovered dead at the age of 28

Hayden Panettiere, an actress, is still grieving the loss of her brother Jansen, who passed away in February at the age of 28.

The Nashville alum paid tribute to him in a moving Instagram post on the day he would have turned 29.

“Happy Birthday little brother,” she captioned a throwback photo of the two on Christmas day as children. “I miss you everyday. I’ll love you forever ❤️”

Jansen worked in the movie business, just like his older sister. He also made appearances on Racing Stripes, The Walking Dead, and Even Stevens.

His passing came as a shock to many. He didn’t show up for a meeting, and his friends found his dead body.

According to reports, Jansen’s friends “raced to his home” after he skipped the appointment he had scheduled. One of his friends arrived at his house and found Jansen “sitting in a chair, unresponsive,” so he called 911 and started performing CPR.

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

“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,” the statement continued. “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.”

When he passed away, a source told ET that Hayden was “completely heartbroken. She had an unbreakable bond with her brother and loved him dearly.

She and her brother had a close relationship and a unique bond.

She frequently posted pictures of the two having a good time. Hayden posted a black-and-white picture of herself giving him a haircut a few days prior to his defeat. Both of them were giggling.

Hayden had been battling addictions even before she suffered this tragic loss, which she gradually opened up about.

She gave her ex-husband custody of her daughter in 2018.

“The best thing for my kid was to make sure she was okay, take care of myself, and make sure I could be a good mom to her. And that sometimes means letting go,” she said at the time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Panettiere family during this difficult time.

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