February 27, 2023 | 8:13 am
The cause of death of Hayden Panettiere’s younger brother, Jansen Panettiere, has been released.
The family released a statement Monday morning revealing that Jansen died of an enlarged heart.
“While of little comfort, the medical examiner reported that Jansen’s sudden death was due to cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), coupled with aortic valve complications,” the family told ABC News.
The statement also remembered the late artist for his charisma, talent and kindness.
“Jansen’s heart showed in his eyes, and his charm in his brilliant, winning smile; his soul in his masterful and revealing paintings, and the joy of life in his dry wit,” said Jansen’s family, which includes his mother Lesley Vogel, father Skip Panettiere and sister, “Scream VI” star Hayden.
“His charisma, warmth, compassion for others and his creative spirit will live forever in our hearts and in the hearts of everyone he encountered.”
The 28-year-old was found unconscious by his friends over Presidents’ Day weekend in New York, according to TMZ.
Jansen’s friends rushed to his home on February 19 after he failed to show up for their business meeting. According to the outlet, one of Jansen’s friends found him “sitting up in a chair, unresponsive.” The friend called 911 and performed CPR.
Skip later told police his son sounded “OK” when he spoke to him on the night of February 18.
At the time, authorities said no crime had been committed.
While Hayden has not yet publicly commented on her brother’s death, his girlfriend, Catherine Michie, shared a touching tribute to her “best friend.”
“Jansen, I only met you a year ago, but you have been my best friend and biggest fan,” she wrote Feb. 20 alongside a carousel of photos of their special moments together.
“I will never forget the first time I saw your face and the first things you said to me. Words cannot express the pain of knowing I won’t hear your laughter again.
She added, “I hope you find peace, and I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you needed me most. The world is better because you were in it. I know we’ll paint together again someday. I will always be your sugar doll. Somebody wake me up and tell me this is a dream.”
Just days before his death, Jansen shared a photo of Michie smiling for a photo in front of one of his colorful paintings.
Over the years, Jansen shared several photos with his sister on social media. Recently, the artist posted a photo of the ‘Scream’ star, 33, giggling as she cut his hair.
“Not the first haircut she tried to give me,” he captioned the Jan. 24 black-and-white photo.
Following in his sister’s footsteps, Jansen started acting in the early s with projects like ‘Ice Age: The Meltdown’, ‘Even Stevens’, ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘Robots’.
He even teamed up with the “Nashville” alum in the 2004 Disney movie “Tiger Cruise” and the 2005 movie “Racing Stripes.”