Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, accidental alcohol overdose

An autopsy report shows Kristoff St. John died from heart disease, and the effects of an accidental alcohol overdose.

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Actor Kristoff St. John onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on February 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)


The beloved Young and the Restless actor Kristoff St. John died from heart disease, and the effects of an accidental alcohol overdose, KCAL reports.

The official cause of death reported by the L.A. coroner’s office is hypertrophic heart disease and “effects of ethanol” and is classified as accidental. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.”

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

Last month, the soap opera star was found dead at age 52. Law enforcement sources told TMZ one of Kristoff’s friends went to check on him at the actor’s home in San Fernando Valley 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, St. John made his television debut at age 7 in the series, “That’s My Mama.”

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.

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Julian, a talented painter, reportedly suffered from schizophrenia and endured “severe depression.” since childhood. St. John also reportedly had a hard time coping with Julian’s death and drank heavily.

In 2017, St. John reportedly attempted suicide during a time that marked his the 3-year anniversary of his son’s death. He was placed in a psychiatric facility on a 72-hour hold.