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Y&R's Kristoff St. John Suffers Tragic Loss Of His Son Julian

Photo Credit: Don Leach, Coastline Pilot

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This is not the kind of news item we would ever wish to report, especially because it involves one of our very dear friends and colleagues so personally, but so much now has circulated on the Internet that we wanted to pay our respects.

As many fans of The Young and the Restless and Daytime Emmy winner Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) have been hearing and reading, Kristoff’s 25-year-old son Julian, who has battled mental illness and addiction, and was an incredibly talented artist, died on November 23rd.

Julian’s mother, Mia St. John (Professional Boxer and former WBC champion) took to Twitter with this heartbreaking message yesterday on November 28th in which she shared: “On November 23rd Kristoff St. John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John. Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit.  He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle–he simply chose to set himself free. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul.

Photo Credit: Don Leach, Coastline Pilot

Funeral services will be held this coming week on December 5th, which is Julian’s birthday.  Following services, there will be a reception and art exhibit from Julian’s final collection http://theartofjulian.com/

On-Air On-Soaps sends our love and condolences to Kristoff and Mia.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, prayers, and condolences below in the comment section as well.

 

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Meg
Meg

RIP JULIAN ,I’M SO SORRY KRIS N MIA

MARY E. HOLT-JOHNSON
MARY E. HOLT-JOHNSON

IT IS VERY A HEAVY HEAT HEARING OF THE LOSS OF YOUR SON JULIAN. ME HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME. JUST KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE AN ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. MY DEEPEST LOVE ALWAYS.

Nicky Keyes
Nicky Keyes

Kristoff i’m so sorry for your loss

Ellen
Ellen

My deepest prayers and condolences go out to the family. I am crying because I know how mental illness affects families. I am a member of NAMI. Julian, rest in peace. I am so sorry for your loss. ((hugs)) <3

KH
KH

Very heartbreaking and my deepest sympathy to Kristoff ,Mia and whole family.

Carol
Carol

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you.
Rip Julian.

Diane Jones
Diane Jones

My heart breaks for both of you,may you son Julian RIP,always know whereever you are or whatever your doing he is always and forever with you ,in your heart and all the priceless memories that you all made together.You and your wife are in my thoghts and prayers.God Bless you all.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

What incredibly sad news. My condolences to Kristoff and his entire family.

Laury
Laury

My heart felt condolences to the St John family. Mental illness is such a tragic disease. It’s very hard on the ones left behind. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

stafford attwill
stafford attwill

I had the privilege of coaching Julian and Paris in Middle School and both were so respectful and polite. And so very talented..RIP Julian! Sorry for your loss Mia,Kristoff and Paris.

su0000
su0000

… Until you meet again have peace ..

A Baptiste
A Baptiste

When someone like Mr. St. John has been in our homes for years, entertaining us, doing his best to do so, this “real life” tragedy resonates in deeper ways than a “storyline” ever can. With sincere sympathy for such a loss and may light continue to shine on what has taken this young man away, as his mother so eloquently stated. God bless all.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Prayers for the St. John family. Though you would like to have walked that path with him..we all walk a singular road on this Earth..rest assured that your love and patience and frustration and joy were never lost. Parents are the most important people on this Earth aside from the Holy Spirit and you did all that was required of you. Don’t look on things as Illness and addiction but as some of us just being overwhelmed. By life..By just Being…some people peel back a layer of reality and see much more than others and it’s so hard to articulate that. God grant you Peace and understanding in the Midst.

PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco
PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco

BEST POST I’VE SEEN and i’ve read almost them all…

RIP sweet beautiful Julian. i can’t imagine what Neil(Kristoff St.John is going through and the mother Mia. i am very sad sigh.

RIP in heaven Mr.Julian St.John

Wendy - Vancouver
Wendy - Vancouver

When Julian was on Twitter before his art show in Laguna in 2013, he and I exchanged comments on Twitter as I also create art. When calling the Gallery in Laguna, staff were happy to pass along a card to him which was to congratulate him on succeeding in his artistic talents despite his on-going illness. I mailed a card from Vancouver, Canada. So happy to be supportive. He did let me know of receiving my card and how it delighted him sent from so far away.

Was aware he’d been struggling over the past year and tonight before midnight, read of his passing on his dad’s FB page.

I am very saddened at the loss of such a talented young man. My heart is heavy that despite all loving efforts of family, friends and even the medical community, he succumbed to the pain, which can be physical as well as mental pain and he is now free of that pain.

I would suggest that if readers here could order the book published of Julian’s art, it would surely be appreciated by his mom and dad. The book is titled: “The Story Of Jewels.” It can be ordered on Amazon.com

I like to think that artists who are no longer with us can sit on rainbows and look down through all the colours knowing what they created will live on and be appreciated.
We can all do that for Julian – appreciate Julian’s gifts to our world.

RIP dear man.

Debbie Rockower
Debbie Rockower

my deepest sympathies to Kristoff and his family. Mental illness is so difficult to understand unless you go through it with a family member as I have this past year. May your son find the peace he could never find in this life in the after life. No parent should ever suffer the loss of a child…no matter their age or circumstances. RIP Julian.

Cheryle James
Cheryle James

Our heart breaks for y’all

Laurie
Laurie

Devastating. Tears streaming. A parent should NEVER have to bury their children.

Mental illness is so prevalent-2 years ago I lost my beautiful 17 yr. Old nephew, Corey to suicide.

Y&R: PLEASE, PLEASE fix your Sharon bipolar storyline! It’s REVOLTING!!! Once again, the mentally ill character who strives to overcome and changes her life loses everything over what her sick self did, but her tormenters, also clearly sick, just smirk and spend Thanksgiving with family. Way to tell viewers that may struggle with some form of mental illness that it’s better to just keep it under wraps or everything in your life will fall apart. Why can’t you write a responsible bipolar or mental illness s/l?

lisa
lisa

So very sorry for your loss Kristoff and Mia,my prayers go out to you and your family.

Connie
Connie

So very sorry Kristoff and Mia, for the heartbreak of loosing your precious Julian. Prayers for strength and courage for the days, months and years ahead and prayers that Julian is at peace <3

Lee
Lee

My deepest sympathies to Kristoff and his family. What a heartbreak. I am so sorry.

Lew S.
Lew S.

I am so sorry for their loss and prayers to the family.

melinda
melinda

i am so sorry for ur lose..i have a daughter who has mental illness and bipolar….. i will be praying for yall

Tami Korte
Tami Korte

My prayers go out to you and your family . May he rest in peace . We all have deamons some of us just learn how to control them and some of us need to get help. Now you as parents need to get help to get though this . It can only do good for you. I’m sure your son didnt do this to hurt you but to ease his pain . Be strong you have so meny people that will help you get though this time of sorrow .God Bless you and your family.

GB
GB

what i hear in mia’s words are the words of someone who clearly loved and supported her son through his illness. mental illness is sadly still stigmatised and trivialised. clearly, julian’s parents weren’t like that, and i’m sure that even though he found life too hard to bear, he knew that his parents had always been there for there. that’s something i’m sure he was grateful for, and hopefully, they will be able to hold onto that as they mourn the loss of their child. deeply saddened.

Julie DeMuro
Julie DeMuro

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to Kristoff and Mia and all the St. John family. I am so sorry for your loss. May he RIP.

Robert
Robert

I can’t begin to comprehend the grief the St. John family are going thru, I truly hope their beloved son is at peace and the family will begin to find healing.

Dawn
Dawn

My prayers and thoughts are with the entire St. John family in this time of great tragedy.

Julie DeMuro
Julie DeMuro

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to Kristoff and Mia and all the St.John family. I am so sorry for your loss. May he RIP.

Sandy
Sandy

sO SORRY TO HEAR THIS. wE HAVE A gRANDSON 31 THAT HAS BATTLED ALL OF HIS LIFE AS WELL. hAS NO iNS SO NO ONE WILL EVEN TALK WITH US. iT IS REALLY A BAD SICKNESS TO HAVE. May Heavenly Father be with all of you at this time. Again so sorry for your loss.

sisto lalman
sisto lalman

So sorry for your loss may his soul Rip,

sisto lalman
sisto lalman

Sorry for your loss may his soul Rip,

Sandra
Sandra

I am so very sorry for your loss.

tamara hoose
tamara hoose

we are so sorry for your loss mia and kristoff may he rest in peace and hope you all find peace in this time of sadness may god bless you all

Glenis
Glenis

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Elaine
Elaine

So sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family

Mary Adkins
Mary Adkins

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to you and your family. God Bless

Joyce
Joyce

so sorry for your loss Kristoff you are in my thoughts & Prayers
R.I.P. Julian

Izabel
Izabel

RIP JULIAN St. John <3 To Kristoff and Mia, my comdolences are deeply genuine and heartfelt. You truly DO have an angel now who is free and at peace.
Being 26, having bpd/bipolar myself and ALSO being into the arts.. I mean, this news hits too close to home and is a real tragety. MENTAL ILLNESS IS NO JOKE! May society smarten up and health care systems find ways to always improve availability of resources!
Kristoff, as Neil, your character is iconic and so sweet and I picture you also like that off the show. Stay strong and hoping you and your wife get through this time together. 🙁
Spread the awareness ppl.

Linda
Linda

I pray for the family.

Michelle Martinez
Michelle Martinez

He’ll bring his charms and gladden you, but should his stay be brief, you’ll have his loving memories, as solace for your grief….Rest in Peace Julian

Kelly Robbins
Kelly Robbins

My condolences to the ST. John family. I am so sorry for your loss.

lindareeves
lindareeves

I am so sorry for your lost may god find you peace and comfort at this time of sorrow you and your family will be in my prayers…god blesss

Mark
Mark

Kristoff is the best I’m very sorry for your loss!

toscanti
toscanti

Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Darla
Darla

So sorry and our prayers are with you Kristoff and Mia.

Diane
Diane

sincerely sorry for your loss and reach put to you with understanding that comes from having a brother, cousins, friends and stepson who are in recovery. Focusing on the peace that Julian has now is not easy, but for him, the battle is done, he is no longer a prisoner of this disease, he is no longer an addict. Your family will always be in my thoughts and prayes.

carmen
carmen

So very heartbreaking my deepest sympathies to you and Mia.

Mary SF
Mary SF

In the heart of darkness it is hard to see a light
It is difficult to imagine a future that is meaningful and bright
Drowning in a sea of sadness it is hard to find a rope
It is difficult to cling to concepts of possibility and hope
In the shadows of despair it is hard to believe in love
It is difficult to accept oneself as being vital here and above
But difficult is not impossible, nor is now forevermore
There is a passage, there is a door.
It is too late for some, they grew too weary to chase the way
but it is not too late for you, my friend, keeping seeking– I pray.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends— we lose so many talented and beautiful souls to mental illness, may society become more accepting, more compassionate to those who suffer from the diseases of the mind.

Lesia robinson
Lesia robinson

St John i so sorry for your loos om big fan

Laurie
Laurie

Amen!

Debbie
Debbie

Sending Love and Prayers to your family at this tragic time. May God bring you peace. Rest in Peace Julian. Fly with the Angels. x

Loretta Mcdougall
Loretta Mcdougall

So sorry as a mother and a family that is going on 2 years Dec.8th will be the hardest day of our life. We loss our son in a tragic car wreck . He was 19 time passes but the pain never goes away. It’s just a new normal. God bless you and your family. If you ever need to talk please contact me. Sincerely, Loretta McDougall

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