Kristoff St. John, best known for his role on the long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 52.
One of St. John’s friends went to check on him at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley and found his body. Police and paramedics were then alerted. Upon their arrival, St. John was pronounced dead on the scene. While foul play is not suspected, TMZ also reports that alcohol could have played a part in his death.
Since 1991, Kristoff has played Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless.” The now iconic role has gone on to earn him nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.
In the past, St. John has struggled with suicide. In 2014, he lost his son, Julian, when he took his own life while getting treatment at a mental health facility. Kristoff sued the facility for negligence and the suit was eventually settled out of court.
The hurt continued to linger, as St. John threatened to kill himself with a gun on the anniversary of his son’s suicide. The 2017 incident forced police to place him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.
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