LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — “Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on the soap opera for the last 28 years, was found dead Sunday at his home in the San Fernando Valley.
St. John, 52, was found dead at his home in the Woodland Hills area, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Detectives were called to the 23000 block of Morea Way investigate the actor’s death, which was characterized as a possible alcohol overdose.
His death was confirmed by his attorney, Mark Geragos.
For his role as Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera, St. John won two Daytime Emmy Awards, the first in 1992 and the second in 2008. He has also won several NAACP awards.
He got his start as an actor as a child in the miniseries “Roots: The Next Generation.” He has also appeared on “Happy Days,” as Denise Huxtable’s boyfriend on “The Cosby Show,” and later on the soap opera “Generations.”
St. John recently got engaged to model Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva and the couple had planned to marry in the fall.
St. John reportedly struggled since the 2014 suicide of his son, Julian. His last activity on Twitter was to retweet a message two weeks ago that said, “Grieving the loss of a child is a process. It begins on the day your child passes, and ends the day the parent joins them.” St. John had replied, “Never a truer word was spoke. Thanks for posting this.”
In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Tonight, a distraught and tearful St. John said the call he got about his son’s death, “the worst call I’ve ever had in my life.”
CBS and Sony released a joint statement about St. John’s death:
“For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him.”
St. John is survived by two daughters, Paris and Lola.