Soap star Kristoff St John, who played Neil Winters on “Young & the Restless”‘ since 1991, was found dead Sunday afternoon.
Law enforcement sources tell us one of Kristoff’s friends went to check on him at the actor’s home in San Fernando Valley, and found his body. Police and paramedics were alerted and responded to the house. We’re told Kristoff was pronounced dead on the scene.
We’re told there was no sign of foul play, however one source says alcohol might have played a role.
St John has long battled depression, stemming in part to his when his son Julian took his own life in 2014, while getting treatment at a mental health facility. St John and his then wife Mia sued the facility for negligence. The suit was eventually settled.
In 2017, around the anniversary of Julian’s suicide, Kristoff threatened to kill himself with a gun. Cops placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.
Then just last month, he checked himself into UCLA Medical Center in January for depression issues and had just been released within the last few days.
His ex-wife Mia reacted to Kristoff’s death with an emotional post on social media (which she has since deleted), and it’s clear she is connecting his death to Julian’s. She wrote, “THAT HOSPITAL KILLED OUR SON @TheArtofJulian THEN MY HUSBAND @kristoffstjohn1. THATS WHAT HAPPENED! THEY KILLED MY FAMILY”
After their son’s death, Kristoff and Mia founded the El Saber es Poder (Knowledge is Power) Foundation to battle mental illness.
Kristoff St John snagged nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations and won 10 NAACP Image Awards in his almost 30 year career.