Kristoff St. John, 52 – Kristoff St. John played the character of Neil Winters on the long-running CBS daytime soap opera “Young and the Restless.” St. John had been with the cast since 1991. During his tenure on the show, the actor was nominated nine times for the Daytime Emmy Awards. He won 10 NAACP Image Awards too.
CBS issued a heartfelt eulogy upon hearing of the actors tragic passing:
“The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person,” they said in the statement. “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.”
USA Today reported that St. John took a leave of absence from Young and the Restless in 2017 to receive psychiatric treatment following a scare with his mental health. The cause of his death was unknown.