“Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John has died at the age of 52, TMZ reports.
Law enforcement sources said one of Kristoff’s friends did a welfare check on the actor at his home in San Fernando Valley, California where they discovered his lifeless body.
911 was called and police and paramedics rushed to the home. Kristoff was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene.
The actor’s cause of death wasn’t immediately revealed, however, there was no sign of foul play and sources believe alcohol may have played a factor.
Kristoff has played Neil Winters on “Y&R” since 1991. The role has earned him 10 NAACP Image Awards and earned 9 Daytime Emmy nominations.
Kristoff has a tragic and troubled history with suicide. He and his ex-wife, boxer Mia St. John, lost their son, Julian, when he took his own life in 2014, while getting treatment at a mental health facility. Mia and Kristoff sued the facility for negligence. The suit was eventually settled.
In 2017, around the anniversary of Julian’s suicide, Kristoff threatened to kill himself with a gun. Cops placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.
After their son’s death by suicide, Kristoff and Mia founded the El Sabor es Poder (Knowledge is Power) Foundation to battle mental illness.
Mia St. John reacted to Kristoff’s death with an emotional post on Twitter.
“THAT HOSPITAL KILLED OUR SON @TheArtofJulian THEN MY HUSBAND @kristoffstjohn1 THATS WHAT HAPPENED! THEY KILLED MY FAMILY,” she tweeted and then deleted.
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