Kristoff St. John, ‘Young and the Restless’ Star, Dead at 52

The actor was a two-time Daytime Emmy winner for his role as Neil Winters on the popular soap opera.

Actor Kristoff St. John has died at the age of 52, ET confirms. 

The Young and the Restless star was a two-time Daytime Emmy winner for his role as Neil Winters on the popular soap opera, and appeared on the show from 1991 to present day. 

St. John’s attorney, Mark Geragos, confirmed the news of his death to ET, saying, “Sadly I can confirm and we will have a statement later today.” 

ET can confirm the LA County Medical Examiner/Coroner’s Office completed St. John’s autopsy on Monday morning. For now, the cause of death has been deferred pending additional investigation.

The LAPD tells ET that they did respond to an incident in the San Fernando Valley area at 2:05 p.m. that was considered a “possible alcohol overdose,” but would not confirm the name of the deceased and noted they cannot determine the cause of death at this time. 

St. John leaves behind two children, Paris and Lola St. John. His 24-year-old son, Julian, died of a reported suicide at a mental health facility in 2014. 

CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television (which produces The Young and the Restless) sent out a statement about his death.

“The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking," the statement reads. "He was a very talented actor and an even better person. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him. On behalf of the Y&R cast and crew, CBS and Sony Pictures Television, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones, especially his two daughters, Paris and Lola.”

In 2017, St. John and his ex-wife, Mia, spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier about struggling with their son’s loss. 

“That call was the worst call I’ve ever had in my life,” St. John said at the time. “I knew that Julian had died.”