Kristoff St. John Dies; The Young & The Restless Star Was 52

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Actor Kristoff St. John, who starred on the long-running soap opera, The Young & The Restless, for nearly three decades, has died.

Over the weekend, he was found to have passed away in his home. The Daytime Emmy Award winner was 52 years old.

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On Monday morning, TMZ broke the tragic news that St. John had died, or was discovered dead, on Sunday, February 3.

According to law enforcement sources, a friend went to visit the award-winning actor at his San Fernando Valley house.

The friend discovered his body and alerted emergency responders.

Police and paramedics reported to the residence, where Kristoff was declared dead at the scene.

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This is absolutely heartbreaking. TMZ has been informed that there is, so far, no sign of foul play.

However, it is believed that alcohol may have played a role in Kristoff's premature passing.

Kristoff is best known for his role as Neil WInters on CBS' enduring soap opera, The Young & The Restless.

The role, which he has played since 1991, has earned him nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations.

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In 1992, Kristoff won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series.

He has also won 10 NAACP Image awards for his portrayal.

While it is a relief to hear that there is no sign of foul play, the first instinct of many The Young & The Resltess fans is to ask about suicide.

This is because of his tragic history with suicide, which begins with his son.

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Kristoff and his ex-wife, boxer Mia St. John, lost their adult son on November 23, 2014.

Their late son, Julian, took his life while undergoing treatment in a mental health facility.

Kristoff and Mia sued the facility, alleging negligence. The suit was eventually settled.

This devastating loss had a long-term impact on Kristoff.

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In November of 2017, Kristoff St. John threatened to kill himself with a gun.

It was the three-year anniversary of Julian's suicide.

As anyone who has lost an immediate family member knows, the anniversary of a death can be especially difficult for surviving loved ones.

(Especially during those first few years.)

At the time, police placed Kristoff under a 72-hour hold for observation.

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That response is designed to keep someone safe, hopefully until suicidal ideation passes.

Julian was Kristoff's first child, born in 1989.

Kristoff is survived by his eldest daughter, Paris Nicole, who was born in 1992.

He is also survived by his second daughter, Lola, who was born in 2003 with his second wife, Allana Nadal.

Kristoff had recently become engaged to Russian born model Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva.

The couple was planning to marry some time in the fall of 2019.

This ia a sudden and heartbreaking loss, shocking fans, family, and castmates alike.

Until we know more about his passing, we hope that everyone reserves judgment about who might "deserve" blame for his death.

Our hearts go out to Kristoff St. John's countless loved ones.

We hope that police can provide them with answers that grant some measure of closure.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, castmates, and other loved ones -- and to his countless fans.

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