Julian St. John, the 24-year-old son of The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John and boxer Mia St. John, committed suicide Nov. 23, his parents said.
The pair issued an emotional statement to Sqor Sports calling their late son “an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit” and “the light of our lives.”
“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.”
“Julian knows what it is like to feel lonely, off-kilter and claustrophobic,” Jaffee wrote. “He has endured bouts of severe depression since he was a child.”
Jaffee went on to reference valleys in Julian’s life, including stints with homelessness — “sleeping in the bathrooms of public parks and occasionally in motels” — as well as “addiction issues” and “scrapes with the law.”
Mia said that Julian’s funeral is slated for Friday — which would have been his 25th birthday — in Westlake, Calif., after which there will be an art exhibition of his last works.
The death marks another tragic incident to strike the The Young and the Restless cast, as Kristoff’s castmate Corey Sligh was hospitalized Thanksgiving night after he was ran over and beaten by two attackers at a West Hollywood Rite Aid.