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WATCH: The Young and the Restless Tribute To The Legacy Of Kristoff St. John

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At the end of Friday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, the CBS Daytime drama acknowledged the legacy of one of their beloved sons, Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters).  In a heartbreaking week for all, St. John died a week ago today at the age of 52, the cause of death is still being determined.

With wanting to honor their longtime colleague, and put their grief into some action, Y&R aired a tribute package culled from interview footage and clips of Kristoff’s journey as Neil Winters, and while it was under 2 minutes, it was all the same touching and emotional given the reality, and the context.

In it, St. John reflects on his time with Y&R: “It feels like such an accomplishment. I’ve been a part of something that will, somehow, be in a time capsule up there. “  Kristoff goes on to say how he would want his contribution to the show to be remembered: “I’m one of the brothers on The Young and the Restless. I’m one of the sons. I’m one of the family members. I was there. Yeah, man. Neil Winters was an integral part.”

The tribute concluded with the message: “In Loving Memory of our dear friend Kristoff St. John.”

Understanding the fans concerns that this is not enough, and knowing full-well that St. John and Neil are to important to the history of the show, the series is currently writing a storyline that will air in April to honor him

In a statement, Y&R and CBS stated: “We forever value the legacy of Kristoff St. John in his portrayal of Neil Winters. Beginning in late April, Y&R will feature a storyline that pays tribute to both Kristoff and his character.”

For now, all we can do is mourn this talented man, and remember his performances, and what he meant to this iconic soap opera.

If you haven’t seen it, or want to see it again, watch below the tribute that aired thus far.  Share your thoughts on it via the comment section below.

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So touching and beautiful and in the meantime extremely heartbreaking and sad…Loved that they put the classic beautiful background music to remembering Kristoff…He will be sorely missed but in the meantime he is at peace with his son…

Bradley
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Bradley

What a beautiful tribute, just perfect. Much like Jeanne Cooper’s passing, it really feels like a family member has departed. Thank you Kristoff for enlightening us with your journey as Neil.

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That was nice but nothing notable.
YouTube has many, many great memorials to Kristoff St. John
The Youtube videos give tribute from his birth to death..
family, friends, accomplishments, his life..
they are done very well..
go to Youtube and in search put his name in.

The Y&R tribute was just a few clips of his performances, eehhhh they could have done better..

James
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James

They couldn’t do so with the amount of time they needed to put this together on the fly in consideration of the episode due to air stateside that Friday.

And as stated above, the show will have a standalone episode later this year dedicated to Kristoff and his character.

James R. Poissant
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I love it. This is going to take me some time to get over. Kristoff and Neil Winters will be greatly missed.

Timmm
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Timmm

It was perfect!

Damien
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Damien

Kristoffs time in y n r was synomous with Victoria Rowell
They are a y n r supercouple! There should ve been atleast several clips of Neil and Dru in there. Also Olivia and Nate.
Was touching but selfishly being such a fan I was wanting more…

Bradley
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I agree. The omission of Neil and Drucilla in the highlight reel is unforgivable.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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