Kristoff St. John, an actor known for his longstanding role on CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” was found dead at his California home on Sunday.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that St. John, 52, was found dead in his San Fernando home after friends went to check on him. The tabloid also obtained dispatch audio from the fire department, as the emergency responders were called to St. John’s home amid reports of an “unconscious individual.”
There were reportedly no signs of foul play, and sources told the tabloid that alcohol might have played a role in the Emmy-winning actor’s death.
St. John’s fiancée, model Kseniya Mikhaleva, confirmed his death on Instagram Monday. His lawyer also confirmed his death to Variety and on Twitter.
“Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him. On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love,” attorney Mark Geragos tweeted.
St. John played Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless” since 1991, earning 10 Emmy nominations. He leaves behind two children and was preceded in death by his son, Julian St. John, 24, who died by suicide in 2014 while seeking treatment at an undisclosed mental health facility.
Kristoff was said to have struggled after his son’s suicide. In 2017, around the anniversary of Julian’s death, he was reportedly placed under a 72-hour hold for threatening to kill himself with a gun.
TMZ reported that Kristoff and Mia St. John had sued the facility for negligence in their son’s death and settled out of court.
The actor’s boxer ex-wife, Mia St. John, reportedly blamed the facility for her ex-husband and son’s deaths in a post on Twitter.
She allegedly wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “THAT HOSPITAL KILLED OUR SON @TheArtofJulian THEN MY HUSBAND @kristoffstjohn1 THATS WHAT HAPPENED! THEY KILLED MY FAMILY.”
This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.
[Featured image: Kristoff St. John/AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File]