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Jack and Kristina Wagner honor their late son by helping others struggling with addiction.
After Harrison Wagner passed away last week, his parents founded the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund. The former “General Hospital” co-stars described their son as “a bright, exuberant young man whose smile lit up any room he was in.”
“He left behind many men and family members who loved him dearly,” said a statement posted on the fund’s website. “We are heartbroken that he finally lost his battle with drug addiction and we hope Harrison’s memory will live on through this scholarship and help other young men get help for their addictions who could not. afford it otherwise.”
The website says all money donated to the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund will go directly to rent for the young men of New Life House. This organization is a sober living community founded to “serve young men in recovery,” their website shares.
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The website notes that their founder, Perry Petacia, formed the Los Angeles community with a vision in mind.
New Life House is “a group of sober living facilities in Torrance, Los Angeles with a vision to not only help men abstain from alcohol and drug abuse, but rather to transform lifestyles. life of alcoholics and drug addicts and to teach the life skills necessary for success.”
Harrison was found dead in a Los Angeles parking lot on Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. He was 27 years old.
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Harrison is Jack and Kristina’s youngest son from their marriage. The former couple married in 1993 and separated in 2006. They also share a son, Peter, 31, who recently remembered his brother on social media.
“Always with you,” Peter captioned his post of images with Harrison on Instagram.
Harrison has struggled with addiction in the past, but it’s unclear whether drug addiction played a role in his death. Jack previously expressed fear of his youngest son’s addiction issues after he relapsed in 2016 and disappeared for a week.
“I will ask anyone who wants to share their fears, addictions and struggles to do so with me via Twitter. We can face them together, I will begin,” Jack tweeted at the time.
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“I fear for the safety of my youngest son. Harrison struggled with drugs and alcohol like me when I was younger. He relapsed and has been MIA for 5 days.”
He gave fans a hopeful update the next day when he announced that Harrison had been in touch: “He’s 21 and in charge of his life, ty for the lv and the prayers, keep sharing your struggles, it helps us all.”
Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.
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