Fans of "The Young and the Restless" will see the very last episode with the late actor Kristoff St. John this evening.
Kristoff St. John died on Sunday, February 3. His attorney Mark Geragos said that the actor committed suicide in his Los Angeles home. He was part of the long-running soap opera "The Young and the Restless" for over 25 years prior to his passing.
St. John played Neil Winters on the show. Before taking his life, he filmed a final episode which CBS will air on Wednesday night at 12:30 pm ET, 11:30 pm PT according to the show's Facebook page.
Kristoff St. John at the 44th NAACP Image Awards | Photo: Getty Images
On Sunday, February 8, the network is set to broadcast a tribute in memory of St. John and to celebrate his life and achievements.
The 52-year-old received nine nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards of which he won two. Prior to that, he received two Daytime Emmy awards for his part in "Generations," another drama series.
St. John is survived by his fiance Kseniya Mikhaleva and his two children Lola and Paris St. John. His other son, Julian, was 24 when he also committed suicide in 2014 while in a mental health facility.
On Sunday, St. John's attorney released a statement saying:
"The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person."
Fans and colleagues alike were shocked when the news came of St. John's passing on Sunday. Former co-star Shemar Moore spoke to PEOPLE magazine about the loss.
"He opened doors for people who don’t even realize he opened doors, but he did. He opened doors and he was so committed to his craft. He always wanted to be better. He wanted to touch people and he did."
Moore further revealed that St. John would mentor him. He said he was like a brother:
“I’m raised an only child, but Kristoff is truly the closest thing to a brother and a brother’s love and a brother’s mentorship that I’ve ever known."
Moore went on to shower praises on to his beloved friend and castmate. He credited him with helping get his career to where it is. He also said that there would be no Malcolm Winters (his character on the show) if there wasn't a Neil Winters.
The network requested that viewers "keep his family in your thoughts." We encourage the same and send our condolences to the family of the handsome and talented St. John.
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