An actor who was an 11-time nominee and two-time winner of Daytime Emmys and one of the stars of the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” has died. USA Today reports that Kristoff St. John was pronounced dead Sunday at a home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 52.
An autopsy was scheduled for today, according to Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for the L.A. County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner. Media reports note that alcohol may have been a factor in St. John’s death.
St. John had played Neil Winters on the long-running “Y&R” since 1991. Among his nine Daytime Emmy nominations for the role, the most recent two, in 2016 and 2017, were for lead actor. He also received two nominations earlier in his career for “Generations.”
CBS and Sony Pictures Television, which produces “The Young and the Restless,” released a joint statement saying: “The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him. On behalf of the Y&R cast and crew, CBS and Sony Pictures Television, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones, especially his two daughters, Paris and Lola.”
TMZ notes that St. John and his ex-wife, boxer Mia St. John, lost their son, Julian, when he committed suicide in 2014 while he was being treated at a mental health facility. His parents sued the facility for negligence, and the suit was eventually settled, the report notes.
The TMZ report suggests that Kristoff St. John’s death may be linked to his son’s suicide.
“A source close to Kristoff tells us the actor had checked himself into UCLA Medical Center in January for depression issues … and had just been released within the last few days,” TMZ reports. “We’re told his depression was linked, in part, to his son Julian’s suicide years ago.”
Officials have said there were no signs of foul play.