Kristoff St. John, ‘Young and the Restless’ star, found dead at 52

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Beloved ‘Young and the Restless’ soap opera star, Kristoff St. John has reportedly been found dead at age 52.

TMZ broke the news.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ one of Kristoff’s friends went to check on him at the actor’s home in San Fernando Valley Sunday, and found his body. Police and paramedics were alerted and responded to the house. Kristoff was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene.

St. John played Neil Winters on ‘Y&R’ since 1991. He earned him 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and 10 NAACP Image Awards. St John’s acting credits also included portraying a young Alex Haley in the ABC miniseries, Roots: The Next Generation, as well as Denise Huxtable’s boyfriend (Lisa Bonet) on The Cosby Show.

According to his show’s cast bio, Kristoff St. John made his television debut at age 7 in the series, “That’s My Mama.”
He went on to star in the series “Charlie & Company” with Flip Wilson, Gladys Knight and Della Reese, and later had roles in “The Bad News Bears” and “The San Pedro Beach Bums.”
St. John also had a recurring role on “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and made appearances on other TV shows, including “Diagnosis Murder,” “Arli$$,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Martin,” and “Living Single.”

In December 2014, the daytime soap star shared some heartbreaking news about a personal tragedy revealing that his son Julian committed suicide on November 23. The actor and his ex-wife, Mia, described their son as the “light” of their lives.

Julian, a talented painter, reportedly suffered from schizophrenia and endured “severe depression.” since childhood.

The St. Johns believed that the treatment center there son was admitted to contributed to his death and filed a lawsuit.

St. John told “Entertainment Tonight” in 2017 that he was “angry” about the final footage the facility captured on video of his son.
“I watched it the first time, I’ll never watch it again,” he said. “It’s not something I want to see.”
He was open about his own battles with depression following the death of his son and in 2017, Entertainment Weekly reported that the star had taken a leave of absence from his show to deal with mental health issues.

Mia St. John took to social media after her ex-husband’s passing sharing an emotional post linking his death to Julian’s.


The post has since been deleted.

In September 2018, St. John announced his engagement to Russian model Kseniya Mikhaleva.

Mikhaleva wrote monday morning on social media, “So early…so early” on her Instagram story with crying and heart emojis. “Why are you leave so early?” she wrote. “Why…you are always in my heart.”

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