The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John passed away of a suspected alcohol overdose on Sunday, February 3. An official at the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to RadarOnline.com that the actor was found dead in his Los Angeles home following an alleged binge. After learning of his death, the 52-year-old's heartbroken loved ones, friends and fans took to social media to voice their sadness. "How did it happen ??? How ???" wrote the late star's fiancée, Kseniya Mikhaleva, in a post mourning his passing. Others expressed their shock, but as readers know, the actor's untimely death came after years of tragedies, heartbreaking family losses and dark habits.
In 2014, tragedy began for Kristoff St. John. On November 23, the actor's 24-year-old son, Julian St. John, committed suicide.
Devastated, Kristoff and pro boxer ex-wife Mia St. John shared a statement to Sqor Sports. In it, they called their late son "an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit" and "the light of our lives." They said Julian had long struggled with mental illness, and taking his own life was merely his way of setting himself free.
Later that month, on Thanksgiving night, Kristoff's The Young and the Restless costar Corey Sligh suffered a near-death crisis. The actor was hospitalized after he was run over and beaten by two attackers at a West Hollywood Rite Aid.
On their son's 25th birthday, Kristoff and Mia, 51, held an emotional funeral for him. At the same time, Radar discovered chilling details about the young man's battle with schizophrenia, meth use, rehab attempts and domestic violence arrests. Kristoff told Soap Opera Digest in 2015 that he Julian has been suicidal for some time.
His addiction issues and run-ins with the law took a toll on his famous parents, though the two always maintained their child was a misunderstood individual with a huge heart. After his death, they even sued the mental health hospital where he was staying, blaming them for allowing him to take his own life while under their care. The suit was settled out of court in 2017.
The actor was crippled by the loss of his son. An insider told Globe on December 2014 that he cried for an hour without speaking after learning of his suicide. "He has lost a part of himself and feels like he can never come back from this pain," said the source.
Sadly, it didn't take long for Kristoff to develop mental health issues and toxic habits of his own. On October 2017, the soap opera star sent Mia disturbing photos of him holding a gun to his head. Frightened, she called police saying her ex was threatening to kill himself. Soon, the actor — who was an avid advocate for mental health — was evaluated and hospitalized.
Kristoff St. John has now passed away. Police told Radar his death is not being considered suspicious, and investigators believe it was caused by an alcohol overdose.
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