General Hospital star Jack Wagner’s son, Harrison, was found dead in a parking lot in Los Angeles on 6 June aged just 27. In honour of their son, Jack and Harrison’s mom Kristina Wagner has set up the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund.
Harrison had been battling drug and alcohol addiction for many years while living in Los Angeles working as an actor, music producer, and DJ. The New Lifehouse website states Harrison died from his battle with addiction, although no other public statements have been made about his cause of death.
Let’s discover the life-changing fund the Wagner family have set up in memory of Harrison.
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GH’s Jack Wagner sets up life-changing fund
The New Lifehouse Recovery website states Jack and Kristina personally set up the Harrison Wagner Scholarship in memory of their son.
Setting up the scholarship is the first public statement Jack and Kristina have made since Harrison passed away. A close friend told People the family wanted to do something in his honour but also wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives. Ultimately, a scholarship fund in his name will do that.
All funds donated to the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund will be used to help young men pay at least some of their rent at New Life House, a sober-living facility for young men in recovery. People can donate to the scholarship fund by visiting the Square link here.
The donation page reads: “This scholarship fund is in memory of Harrison Wagner. He will be forever missed and the time he spent with us will be forever cherished. New Life House is a long-term, age-specific recovery home that has been helping young men get sober since 1985. With a focus on community and deep internal change, New Life House helps men between the ages of 18 and 35 get a second chance.”
Perry Petacia founded the house and said New Life House aims to change the “lifestyles of alcoholics and addicts and teach the life skills necessary to succeed”.
Jack Wagner feared for ‘youngest son’s safety’
According to Soaps In Depth, Jack, 62, and Kristina, 59, have two sons: Harrison and Peter, 32. Jack and Kristina were married for 12 years but divorced in 2006. The actors often worked alongside each other and Kristina guest-starred in When Calls The Heart on Hallmark, in which Jack Wagner played the lead.
Jack and Kristina had been trying to help Harrison for some time and in 2016 they were heartbroken as he went missing after suffering a relapse. Wagner tweeted at the time: “I fear for my youngest son’s safety. Harrison has struggled with drugs and alcohol just as I did when I was younger. He’s relapsed and is MIA for five days.”
Harrison was found not long after and reunited with his family. Jack updated his followers: “Harrison’s been in touch. He’s 21 and in charge of his life.”