Sad news for fans of the popular soap opera, The Young & The Restless. Actor Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on the show for over two decades, was found dead in his home on Sunday (Feb. 3), according to TMZ. He was 52.
According to law enforcement, one of his friends discovered St. John’s body as they went to check on him at his home in San Fernando Valley, CA. Police and paramedics arrived and declared him dead at the scene. No foul play is suspected, but they do believe that alcohol may be a factor.
For his role on Y&R, St. John was nominated for 9 Daytime Emmy Awards and won 10 NAACP Image Awards. In recent years, he was dealing with emotional distress following the suicide of his son, Julian, in 2014. In 2017, St. John was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after threatening to shoot himself on the anniversary of his son’s death. Following that, he and his ex-wife, former boxer Mia St. John, founded a foundation to combat mental illness. He leaves behind two daughters, Lola and Paris, and his fiancée, Kseniya Mikhaleva (who he proposed to just this past fall).
In rememberance of his remarkable talent, revisit some of his work in the video above!