Kristoff St. John, known for his role as Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young & the Restless, has died.
Confirmed by his attorney Mark Geragos, TMZ reported Monday (Jan. 4) the actor was found dead in his home in San Fernando Valley, Calif. Paramedics declared the actor dead on the scene. While the cause of death is unknown, sources claim alcohol reportedly played a role in his passing.
St. John has been a part of the Soaps family for nearly 30 years. His role as Winters earned him a record 10 NAACP Image Awards and nine Daytime Emmy nominations.
Kristoff is survived by his ex-wife and boxer Mia St. John. The couple lost their son Julian St. John in 2014 to suicide.
Mia reportedly reacted to Kristoff’s death by blaming the hospital for her husband’s death. “THAT HOSPITAL KILLED OUR SON @TheArtofJulian THEN MY HUSBAND @kristoffstjohn1. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED! THEY KILLED MY FAMILY,” she posted in a now-deleted social post.
The actor and philanthropist was 52.
Fans and colleagues have reacted to the news on social media.
— Daytime Emmys (@DaytimeEmmys) February 4, 2019
No!!! This news has truly broken my heart. Kristoff was pure & so kind. I will never forget how wonderful he was to me and everyone else he came into contact with. He was just a good, good man. ?
‘Young & the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Dead at 52 https://t.co/7JCE8WcXWN
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 4, 2019
.@YRInsider has been my guilty pleasure for 20 years. This is just heartbreaking. Kristoff St. John’s character was so revolutionary because he & @victoriarowell represented the only black family on Y&R, the no. 1 soap. Kristoff is appreciated and will be sorely missed. https://t.co/dEeC4Ef5y9
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 4, 2019
— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) February 4, 2019