Six weeks after the tragic and sudden death of a longtime daytime drama star, the Los Angeles County Coroner has finally released the results of his autopsy.
52-year-old Kristoff St. John died from preexisting heart disease, triggered by an accidental alcohol overdose.
According to a report obtained by TMZ, "The 'Young and the Restless' star's official cause of death is listed as ‘hypertrophic heart disease’ and is categorized as accidental. The disease makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and often goes undiagnosed.”
Sources say that the term 'accidental' was included because St. John died while on an alcohol binge, and there was no evidence that his death was intentional.
In February, TMZ reported, “52-year-old Kristoff was found dead last month at his home in the San Fernando Valley.
“Law enforcement sources say one of the actor's friends went to check on him and found his body. Police and paramedics responded, and we're told Kristoff was pronounced dead on the scene.”
At the time, it was speculated that St. Johns’ death was a suicide brought on by the depression he’d battled ever since his son took his own life five years ago.
In fact, St. John’s death came just days after the soap star had been released from UCLA Medical Center where he was seeking treatment for his mental health issues. If it had been ruled a suicide, those close to him would not have been surprised.
In 2017, Kristoff allegedly attempted to take his own life on the three-year anniversary of son Julian’s death. He was placed under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation. Then, he was again treated in January of 2019.
Fans of the long-running daytime drama, 'The Young and the Restless' know St. John as Neil Winters, the character he played for 28 years.
"Kristoff had played Neil Winters on 'Y&R' since 1991 -- earning nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations for the role. He also won ten NAACP Image Awards."
His absence is deeply felt by all who worked with him and watched the show. 'Y & R' will pay tribute to the longtime actor in upcoming weeks.
Entertainment Weekly reports, “Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) and Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis Winters) will participate in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama to pay final respects to St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991.
“Moore will reprise his role as Neil’s brother for two episodes airing April 25-26, while Rowell and Morgan will appear as themselves in a special tribute episode on April 29.
“The latter will include former and current cast members sharing memories of St. John and will also feature clips of St. John’s most memorable moments.”
That's great news for all the fans who were hoping for a proper goodbye to the long-running character.
May he rest in peace.