Daytime TV fans were stunned earlier this week when it was revealed a major soap opera star had passed away.
Kristoff St. John, best-known for his role of Neil Winters on Young and the Restless, died at his home on Sunday at the young age of 52.
Deferred Cause of Death
At this point, no official cause of death has been released by the coroner’s office.
However, a local LAPD Office Rosario Cervantes, did offer some insight as to what happened. Officer Cervantes stated, “We did respond yesterday at 2:05 p.m. on Morea Way for a possible alcohol overdose and that’s going to be a coroner’s case.”
The local coroner then released a statement via its website that the cause of death was under further investigation.
St. John has had a very long and distinguished career that branched out far beyond daytime TV. In addition to his role on Y&R, he also appeared on several major TV shows, including Living Single, Martin, The Cosby Show, and The Jamie Foxx Show.
His role as Winters, though, was where he won most of his accolades in the industry. In all, he had been nominated nine times for a Daytime Emmy. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.
The problems, however, apparently started for St. John when he lost his 24-year-old son Julian. The actor had been struggling to deal with the loss for some time now.
In 2017, he took a leave of absence from Y&R to receive psychiatric treatment.
More recently, he offered hints he was still struggling with the death by responding to a tweet about a parent continuing to grieve for the loss of a child.
St. John was engaged and was set to be married in September of this year.
His co-stars on Y&R continue to post tributes to him on social media, grieving a man they considered to be a close friend and wonderful person.