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Brandon Barash has announced on Twitter that he’s departing ABC’s “General Hospital.” In his message to fans, Barash tweeted, “With a bittersweet, heavy heart I announce my time at ‘GH’ has come to an end, as I have chosen to move on&pursue my NBA career. I love u all.”

The actor’s exit was confirmed to Soap Opera Network by his management team. A last airdate for Barash is unknown at this time, although the actor allegedly told fans at a recent event that he last taped at the series more than six weeks ago.

Barash joined “GH” in 2007 in the contract role of Johnny Zacchara, the son of Claudia (Sarah Joy Brown) via a sexual encounter with Gino Soleito (a character from “The City”). He has been involved in popular pairings including those with Julie Marie Berman‘s Lulu Spencer and Lisa LoCicero‘s Olivia Falconeri.

Barash’s exit makes him the third actor from the popular Port Chuck band to depart the soap in as many months. Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan; now portraying Dyaln McAvoy on “The Young and the Restless”) exited in October, while Scott Reeves (Steve Webber) departs this month after his character is carted off to jail.

A spokesperson for “General Hospital” did not respond to requests for comment.

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