“Young & the Restless” Actor, Kristoff St. John Dead at Age 52
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Today is a sad day in the world of soap operas. Actor Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on CBS’s popular daytime soap opera “The Young & the Restless” has passed away at the age of 52.
The official cause of death has not been released yet.
St. John joined the cast of “Y&R” in 1991, becoming a quick fan favorite. He first kicked off his television career at the age of 7 in the series, “That’s My Mama.” From there he went on to star in the series “Charlie & Company” with Flip Wilson, Gladys Knight and Della Reese, and later had roles in “The Bad News Bears” and “The San Pedro Beach Bums.”
St. John also had a recurring role on “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and made appearances on other TV shows, including “Diagnosis Murder,” “Arli$$,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Martin,” “The Cosby Show” and “Living Single.”
In 2014, St. John’s 24-year-old son, Julian passed away while being a patient at the La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility in Long Beach, California. Since then, St. John has been open about his battles with depression and took a leave of absence in 2017 from the show to deal with mental health issues.
St. John was set to marry his girlfriend, Kseniya Mikhaleva. In September, he posted to Instagram a picture of an engagement ring with the caption, “She said yes.”
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Written by Clarke Jones