Early Monday, the sad news broke that “Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John had passed away. It appears that he may have died from alcohol poisoning.
According to law enforcement, the beloved actor died at his home in San Fernando Valley. One of his friends had gone to the house to check on him. Sadly, the actor was pronounced dead on the scene.
TMZ reported that no signs of foul play were discovered. However, they did note that it was most likely that alcohol was involved.
His fiancée, Russian-born model Kseniya Mikhaleva, shared a heartbreaking post on Instagram earlier in the day. The couple had been engaged since September 2018.
“How did it happen ??? How ??? Why did you leave so early ???? and left me alone ….. I can’t believe” she added with several broken heart emojis in a since-deleted post. “You were everything to me …. you were a loving father, a loving man,…..how, love??”
She added, “We should doing a lot of things in future……”
She also posted two Instagram Stories about his passing: “So early…..so early,” with a crying face emoji and a red heart, and, “Why you are leave so early????Why…..you are always in my heart,” with a broken heart emoji.
Kristoff St. John began his iconic role on “Young and the Restless” in 1991. During his decades on the show, he earned 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and 10 NAACP Image Awards.
Sadly, Kristoff's family has suffered from suicide in the past. His son, Julian, took his own life in 2014. At the time, Julian was receiving treatment at a mental health facility.
Following his son’s death, Kristoff and his ex-wife, Mia, founded the El Sabert es Poder (Knowledge is Power) Foundation. The goal with it was to address and battle mental illness.
Sadly, Kristoff has now been found dead at the age of 52. As soon as the tragic news was confirmed, thousands of people around the nation took to social media to share tributes:
Kristoff was loved by many. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this horrible time. Please also keep a little girl from South Dakota in your prayers. She's missing in below zero temperatures.