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Y&R Favorite Kristoff St. John Dies At 52

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In heartbreaking and difficult news for us to deliver this morning, in a report via TMZ, our beloved Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) of The Young and the Restless was found dead in his home on Sunday.

Law enforcement sources say that one of Kristoff’s friends went to check on him at the actor’s home in San Fernando Valley, and he found his body.  Police and paramedics were alerted, but Kristoff was unresponsive when they arrived, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources say alcohol may have contributed to his death, but they did not suspect foul play.   In additional updated information, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE, that a death investigation took place at around 2:05 pm on Sunday for a possible alcohol overdose.  St. John was found dead at a home in Woodland Hills and was pronounced dead at 4:02 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

St John was one of the most noted actors of the soap genre.  He has played Neil Winters on the top-rated soap opera sine 1991.  During his run he garnered 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, was a two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and also received ten NAACP Image Awards.

Kristoff, who had already been an actor in his younger years. became a bigger name when he appeared on the defunct NBC soap, Generations.  That soap centered around an African-American family, the Marshalls.  Krisotff played the role of Adam Marshall.  He then came to Genoa City to play Neil Winters.

St. John’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a statement that read: “Few men had the unique strength, courage & sensitivity that @kristoffstjohn1 lived every single minute of every day. He impacted everyone he met and millions who he inspired and in turn admired him. On behalf of @MiaStJohnBoxer & @TheStJohnFamily thank you for all of your love.”

In his personal life, after his son, Julian took his own life while getting treatment at a mental health facility, St. John and his ex-wife Mia, became advocates for mental health awareness.

The last time St. John was known to be on social media was on January  21st, when he retweeted a tweet that read: “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.”

Kristoff was engaged to model, Kseniya Mikhaleva.  In her grief and heartache, she shared on Instagram, “So early…so early”, “Why are you leave so early?”, “Why…you are always in my heart.”  She then posted a photo of herself with St. John stating: “How did it happen ??? How ???  Why did you leave so early ???? and left me alone ….. I can’t believe. You were everything to me …. you were a loving father, a loving man …”

The talented actor left behind two daughters, Lola and Paris.   More on this developing story to come.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Kristoff in the comment section below.


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  1. Carmelita J Bullock

    February 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    So sad. He was a talented actor and a class act. He will be missed!

  2. Jason

    February 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    He is a legend and this breaks my heart

  3. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    February 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I am absolutely HEARTBROKEN to hear about Mr. St. John’s passing this morning. I know he’s struggled since his son’s unfortunate death in 2014, and I am hoping that he is now at peace and with his son. My condolences to his family, friends and co-stars! This is a huge loss to the daytime community!

    • Ann Marie Sullivan

      February 5, 2019 at 5:56 am

      I completely agree with you Scott. Who is ever “right” again after th loss of a child? My condolences to his family and the Y&R family May he finally find the peace he was looking for.

  4. Sue T

    February 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Totally shocked. Kristoff shared a lot with his fans, not only his talents on YR, but his keen sense of humor with those crazy dog clips, and his personal struggle after Julian’s death. He was a warm and generous person and will be missed. God bless his family.

  5. Richard Danner

    February 4, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I cannot believe this! I hope he has found the peace thag alluded him. He was not the same after his son committed suicide. Such a tragic ending. I hope Y&R respects his legacy and does NOT recast. They should release Lily from prison and bring Malcolm back full time. Recast of course. RIP and thank you for years of entertainment. Another downside is we will never see Drucilla Winters on camera again. Very sad day.

    • Boop

      February 4, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      I agree , Richard: no recast; plus, I also thought of the fact that , Neil and Drucilla won’t re-unite.

    • Toscanti

      February 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Sad indeed!

  6. Sandra Dimitrov

    February 4, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I’m in shock, Kristoff was such an AMAZING actor and was very kind. The soap world will be remembering him today and for years to come.
    Goodbye Kristoff I know you’re with your son now. You will be truly missed.

  7. Kim

    February 4, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Terrible shock. So heartbreaking. His suffering is over. I’m so sad for his daughters.

  8. Kim

    February 4, 2019 at 7:01 am

    So devastated to hear of Kristoff’s passing. You could tell his pain was so unbearable after the loss of his son. I, like everyone else, was rooting for him after his last break at Y&R to deal with his struggle. So tragic. Will miss seeing his face on Y&R. The love he showed for his family on Y&R was so real. Rest in Peace.

  9. Suzanne B.

    February 4, 2019 at 7:12 am

    My heart hurts. He was a fine actor, and a lovely man. My deepest condolences to all who knew him.

  10. Karencurley

    February 4, 2019 at 7:14 am

    So sorry for your loss! He will be missed ! Prayer for your family.

  11. Cynthia Giannelli

    February 4, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I am devastated. Been watching all these years and Neil Winters was my favorite man on this show. I adored him. My heart is heavy…

  12. Iakovos

    February 4, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Very sad news. My condolences to the Y&R family. I just know Mr. St. John had to have been a well-loved and highly regarded colleague. Viewers and fans will miss him greatly too.

  13. Joanne

    February 4, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Stunned & saddened by this news.

  14. Deborah

    February 4, 2019 at 7:37 am

    So sorry, what a loss! Rest In Peace.

  15. Llanviewer717

    February 4, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I am so sorry to hear this news. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. May he rest in peace.

  16. Libby

    February 4, 2019 at 7:53 am

    May his soul Rest In Peace.

  17. Patty

    February 4, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Prayers for his family, relatives, friends and colleagues.

  18. Carmen Diaz

    February 4, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Very sorry for his dead I love him he will be miss

  19. Tama Ellsworth

    February 4, 2019 at 8:16 am

    My deepest sympathy goes out the the family, and to all at the Y&R Family. I’ve been a fan for years!!!!

  20. Toscanti

    February 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

    This is horrible news. Such a sad loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers.

  21. Damien

    February 4, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Rip kristoff!
    The fans loved you and the winters family you helped create on y n r!
    Best memories watching you as the classy smart Neil dealing with your no good bro back in town,Malcolm, your epic love with Drucilla and how you and her educated sis Olivia fought eachothers attraction. The Winters and Barbers will go down as soap royalty. And Neil will never be forgotten.
    Condolensces to your family, friends and us fans!.

  22. Becky Wright

    February 4, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Oh wow! This is a total shock. He was a great actor. He will be greatly missed

  23. Teresa McCrea

    February 4, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with family and friends and all the y&r family. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  24. Boop

    February 4, 2019 at 8:39 am

    My heart is broken! May God bless Kristoff’s family.

  25. Gloria weigert

    February 4, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Oh my God I am so sorry to hear of his death! May he rest in peace

  26. Jimh

    February 4, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Horrible week…him, Carmen Duncan-Iris Another World…also read on another soap site Candace Early ex Donna on AMC

  27. Patricia Smith-Woods

    February 4, 2019 at 8:42 am

    So Sorry for your Loss !!!!! Y&R Fan , Praying for the Family !!!

  28. Frances Gruno

    February 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

    This is just too sad to know what to say. I keep hoping it’s a misprint. A wonderful man. A super actor. RIP Neil Winter’s you will be missed!

  29. Momo

    February 4, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Absolutely shocked when I saw the email from So sad. I thought he had turned his life around. I wonder if there are more scenes with Neil on Y&R. So sad and I feel for his Y&R colleagues.

  30. Timmm

    February 4, 2019 at 9:02 am

    So sad. They will never be able to replace Neil Winters!

  31. James R. Poissant

    February 4, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Oh, my god. This is so sad. This man had been going through so much pain over the last few years. I just hope he is at peace now. We’ll miss you, Kristoff.

  32. Cathy

    February 4, 2019 at 9:34 am

    He will be sadly missed. I’ve watched him for years. Such a talented actor. Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace and God bless.

  33. Michael Teale

    February 4, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I am incredibly saddened this news. May he RIP and my condolences go out to his family, friends and the cast, crew, producers directors and writers of #YR.

  34. Phyliss

    February 4, 2019 at 9:49 am

    What an amazing,talented actor,and I am sure an amazing father,and person .My heart goes out to his family. He was right when he said that grieving ones child is a process .It begins when they die,and ends when you join them .My heart really does break for him,and that he had to live day after day in pure agony after losing his child.I personally know how that feels after losing my daughter at age 19 .I send my very deepest condolences to all loved ones…You will be missed …..

  35. Dorothy

    February 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

    He talked me down when I thought of offing myself , why did you have to go. Will miss our conversations !Kristoff see you when I get there !

  36. Jamaica

    February 4, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I am deeply shocked by his passing. I pray to God that he will finds rest. May the Lord of heaven continue to keep his family strong and safe. James Carlton from Jamaica ✌❤

  37. Linda Besaw

    February 4, 2019 at 10:03 am

    So so sad we will miss you you were so good on the young and restless.R.I.P. my friend. I have watched the soap for 4o years and still do.

  38. Christi

    February 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the St.John family. Kristoff will be truly be missed.

  39. jaybird369

    February 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Kristoff’s family and friends. Rest In Peace.


  40. Susan Bennett

    February 4, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I am so sad to hear of this very sad news, I love Y&R, love Neil,( Kristoff)

  41. Harry

    February 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Unspeakably sad. I remember the first day a fresh faced Neil Winters entered the doors of Newman Enterprise. Drucilla had her sights on this handsome, brilliant young man from day one and took ballet lessons in order to win his heart.
    But flowers distilled though
    They with Winter meet,
    Loses but their show, their substance
    Still Lives Sweet.


    • Celia

      February 5, 2019 at 12:02 am

      So lovely, Harry….and so fitting. I couldn’t sleep, so I was just browsing through my iPad looking at pictures of my Alma Mater on the internet, when I noticed the announcement, on the sidelines, from the corner of my eye.
      I thought to myself: Nah– can’t be!! So, I quickly went to the MF site; certain I would find a “Requiem”—and, here it is!!
      Poor Kristoff must have been struggling with his demons since his son died, to have drunk himself to death……They are now together!!
      I can’t catch my breath!!

  42. Janice L

    February 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

    This is so so sad. May he rest in peace and may our Lord give strength to his loved ones.


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  44. Kathy Clement

    February 4, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Great actor. RIP
    Condolences to his family and friends.

  45. Sue

    February 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Stunned to hear about Kristoff St John. Condolences for family,friends. Gone way too early. Great actor. So much for him to deal with suicide of son. Alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and other mental health issues are becoming epidemic. Need more treatment options and public education to view all of above as serious medical and psychological issues.

  46. PaulaLovesYR

    February 4, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Like everyone that has read this shocking news, I am without words. I’ve watched Kristoff for years and have been recently dismayed when his storyline slowed once he returned back to work. He always seemed, from reading interviews with him, to be a very genuine and loving man that had a soul for those he loved. Prayers to his family, friends and the coworkers that he left behind. I know he touched everyone around him and can only imagine their shock and pain.

  47. DarinD

    February 4, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    So sad! My heart is breaking!

  48. Maggie-Ellen

    February 4, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    My thoughts & prayers are with the St.Johns Family at this difficult time. He will be missed by many

  49. Cindy Engdahl

    February 4, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    This is so tragic. Sincere condolences to his family. Holding you all up in prayer and picturing Kristoff and Julian together in love.

  50. Bren

    February 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I am so sad and heart broken to hear this sad sad news. Love and Prayers to his family and friends. I will miss seeing him on Young and the Restless he was part of my media family who I watched grow up to be a man. So so sorry.

  51. Susan

    February 4, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    So sad! So young. Rest In Peace

  52. Betty

    February 4, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve enjoyed watching him act both on y & R and several of the Hallmark movies this year. A great actor who could bring life to the characters he portrayed. He will be missed by all but special sympathy to his family and his fiancee.

  53. Lew S.

    February 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I just don’t know what to say. My heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues. Mr. St.John you will be so missed.

  54. Betty Johnson

    February 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I am an occasional viewer of Y&R and want to offer my sympathies to the family of Kristoff St. John. I know what the loss of a child can do to a person – my stepson died 2 years ago and my husband hasn’t been the same since. He was extremely close to his son and helped take care of him in the last months of his life. My husband now is in the early stages of Dementia brought on by the loss of his son. RIP in peace, Kristoff and be happy to be with your son again.

  55. DMR

    February 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    This is beyond devastating.

  56. Kevin C

    February 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    This is extremely devastating and sad and such a loss for his family, Y&R family and his fans…I thought Kristoff was an excellent actor and had so much to give and he will be sorely missed…GOD BLESS his family and help them during this difficult time and may Kristoff RIP…

  57. Douglas Brown

    February 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    This a complete tragedy. It unfortunately reminds me of Brenda Benet from Days of Our Lives takingbher life after losing her son.

    I hope his soule has found piece and reconnection with his son.

  58. Sandra kellar

    February 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    So sorry to hear this very sad sad news sending our thoughts prayers our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family May he rest in peace

  59. Claudio

    February 4, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Wow terrible news, Kristoff ST. John was a wonderful man and actor. Please don’t recast his role. May he RIP.

  60. rose

    February 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Very sorry to hear this news. While fairly new to Y&R it didn’t take long for me to like Kristoff the actor and as Neil his character on the show. Sad.

    • rose

      February 5, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Very strange to see Kristoff today on Y&R. Maybe I was reading into it since he is now gone, but while he was there physically, he just didn’t seem himself, or like he was really present there.

      It was nice to see ABC, NBC and CNN also gave great tributes to him.

      • Patrick

        February 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm

        Hi Rose : with all due respect . I was watching for sign

        there were seconds of blankness

        with all due respect again… discerning

        I have always lauded Kristoff…he was always in his moment… contributing , whether he knew or not his position… and this is on me… that he was a “token” person of color. which I never saw in “his” person. he was so good at his character

        this is a blow to the show… for me i’m sharing… what will become of the one core family that for me is important… sharing shade sharing color sharing the rest of the world

        absolute : I was and am taken at how much press this has gotten. national news. not that it matters to Kristoff… his family … immediate was everything


  61. Violet Lemm

    February 4, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Was so sad and shocked when I opened my daily news while having my morning coffee this A.M. Neil has always been one of my favorites over the years. First time I remember seeing Kristoff was when , as a teenager played a suiter for Dr. Huxtable’s daughter, on an old Bill Cosby show. Hopefully, he will find the peace he’s been seeking, since his beloved son’s death. God bless the suffering family he’s left, compounded by his own death. My heart goes out to them, again.

  62. rebecca1

    February 4, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Sad, sad news. From everything I read he was a very kind person. And though I haven’t watched Y&R in years, I know his fans will miss him dearly.

  63. Lisa

    February 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    So sad. Several hours later still in shock. Be at peace Kristoff. Condolences to his family and the Y&R family.

  64. Rebecca Mallonee

    February 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    So sorry to hear this news he was so loved on this show

  65. Rodd

    February 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Heartbreaking news for all. I have always liked him; first on “Generations” and then on “Y&R”Godspeed, Kristoff.

  66. mark

    February 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I am so sad he was the best!

  67. su000

    February 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Sad news..
    His last scene I saw him as something not right with him, just his mannerisms not right, a friend and I talked of it..
    Wonder how he will be written out..

    It’s so very sad when we lose someone.
    He was loved..
    I can see/imagine his son welcoming him in; together again.

  68. blake

    February 4, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    My mouth literally dropped when I read this earlier today. I haven’t been much of a Y&R viewer but I text it to my mom and sister since they have been huge Y&R fans for decades now. He was on Y&R in probably their biggest prime it seems, the early 90s.

    It’s great to see all of the love for him on social media, it sounds like he was a geniune, sweet soul. I read that he stated that his son’s death could have been avoided at the hospital. At least he has passed to the other side to be with his son.

  69. Celia

    February 4, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    This news is so heartbreaking, I still find it hard to believe. Alcohol overdose?
    How sad!! Since the death of his son, I had this weird premonition that Kristoff vacillated between the netherworld and earth. RIP. I wish you solace in death if you could not find it in life. My heart bleeds.❤️

  70. Ella Herod Family Going In

    February 5, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Sending prayers to the family God to be the glory

  71. Margaret Sarricchio

    February 5, 2019 at 4:15 am

    This is heartbreaking so so sorry, may He rest in Peace. ❤️ My ♥️ goes out.

  72. Rose Thompson

    February 5, 2019 at 10:50 am

    My deepest condolences to Kristoff St.John’s family and his fiancee for their tragic loss. Having lost my youngest daughter in 2016 I can relate to the deep grief and pain he suffered when he lost his son. My faith in God carried me through my darkest hours. I pray that God will give His consolation and solace and peace to his family.❤

  73. Ann

    February 7, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Sad and devastated by this loss. He was a class act. RIP

  74. Missy

    February 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Prayers to the Family & surely he, will be missed.

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