PITTSBURGH (CBS) — “Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John, who played Neil Winters on the soap opera for the last 28 years, was found dead Sunday of alcohol poisoning.
St. John, 52, was found dead at his home in the Woodland Hills area, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Detectives have been called in to investigate the actor’s death, which was characterized as a possible alcohol overdose.
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For his role as Neil Winters on Young and the Restless, St. John won two Daytime Emmy Awards, the first in 1992 and the second in 2008. He has also won several NAACP awards.
He got his start as an actor as a child in the miniseries “Roots: The Next Generation.” He has also appeared on “Happy Days,” as Denise Huxtable’s boyfriend on “The Cosby Show,” and later on the soap opera “Generations.”
A joint statement released by CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television says:
“The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. 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 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.”
Kristoff will forever be in our hearts. Thank You to everyone for your kind words and condolences. You meant the world to him. pic.twitter.com/oksIC9chhl
— Young & The Restless (@YRInsider) February 4, 2019
St. John leaves was most recently engaged to model Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva and had planned to marry in the fall. He leaves behind a daughter, Paris Nicole. His son, Julian, died of suicide in 2014.
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