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Soap Opera Star Kristoff St. John Found Dead at Home

'Young and the Restless' actor was 52
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2019 10:15 AM CST
In this June 20, 2008, file photo, Kristoff St. John accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his work on "The Young and the Restless" at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los...   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

(Newser) – Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless since 1991, died Sunday at age 52, the AP reports. Police were called to his home in California's San Fernando Valley after one of his friends found the actor's body; St. John was pronounced dead at the scene. No cause of death is yet available for the CBS soap opera star, but a source tells TMZ alcohol may have played a role. St. John and his ex-wife, boxer Mia St. John, lost their 24-year-old son, Julian, to suicide in 2014. Julian was being treated at a mental health facility at the time, which his parents sued for negligence after his death. In a quickly deleted tweet after Kristoff's death, Mia linked the two deaths.

"THAT HOSPITAL KILLED OUR SON @TheArtofJulian THEN MY HUSBAND @kristoffstjohn1. THATS WHAT HAPPENED! THEY KILLED MY FAMILY," she wrote, per TMZ. The couple's suit against the facility was eventually settled. Kristoff St. John had threatened suicide with a gun in 2017 and was placed under a 72-hour psychiatric hold. The actor, who was nominated for nine Daytime Emmy Awards and won 10 NAACP Image Awards over the course of his career, leaves behind two daughters, one with Mia St. John and one with second wife Allana Nadal, Fox News reports. He announced in September he was engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva. (After bizarre posts, the founder of a skin care brand was found dead at 40.)

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