Hayden Panettiere paid tribute to her brother Jansen on Monday’s “Good Morning America” in her first TV interview since his tragic death.
Jansen died on Feb. 19 of an enlarged heart at age just 28.
While chatting about her new movie “Scream VI”, Hayden briefly mentioned the late actor.
Michael Strahan offered his condolences during the interview, before Hayden thanked him and said: “He’s right here with me.”
Hayden’s comments come after her family, including their mother Lesley Vogel and father Skip Panettiere, released a statement confirming Jansen’s cause of death to ABC News.
The message read, “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 paid tribute to the late actor in the statement, which read: “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.”
They added, “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.”
The family shared, “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of love and support towards our family as we navigate this unthinkable loss, and ask that we be gifted our privacy during this time of mourning.
“We love you so much Jansen and you will be in our hearts forever.”
Jansen, who is five years younger than his sister Hayden, starred in the likes of “Even Stevens”, “Blue’s Clues” and “Ice Age: The Meltdown” as a child actor, as well as Nickelodeon’s “The X’s”.
Jansen also worked with his sister on 2004’s “Tiger Cruise” and 2005’s “Racing Stripes”.
More recently, he starred in an episode of “The Walking Dead” in 2019, as well as 2022’s “Love and Love Not”.