Fans of the late actor, Kristoff St. John, were thrown into mourning last month, when news of his death surfaced. Reports revealed that the actor battled with mental issues and checked himself into a mental health hospital but was discharged shortly before his death.
The talented "Young and Restless" actor passed away on February 3 at his San Fernando Valley home. The actor struggled with depression since his son’s suicide in 2014 and many believe this led to his eventual death.
Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that his death was an accident, stating the cause of his death as hypertrophic heart disease. This occurs when the muscles surrounding the heart thickens, making it difficult for the heart to keep pumping blood.
He had just been discharged from a mental health facility two days before he died, and although a large percentage of fans believe it was suicide, reports reveal that Kristoff had overindulged in alcohol and most likely passed his limit. His posts on social media before his passing and the fact that he left his ex-wife, a "last message" are enough to raise red flags.
On 21st of January, St. John retweeted a post about losing one’s child:
“Grieving the loss of a child is a process. It begins on the day your child passes and ends the day the parent joins them, ” to which he responded, “Never a truer word was spoken, thanks for posting this.”
The coroner's report described Kristoff saying:
“He has a history of alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder, and suicidal ideations.”
He spent 72 hours under admission at the "Las Encinas" mental health hospital in Pasadena after threatening to hurt himself but was released on the 1st of January. L.A police department stated that an investigation into the "Young and The Restless" actor’s death started around 2 pm to check for any sign of foul play.
Kristoff was buried at the Calvary Community Church in California, beside the grave of his son, Julian St. John, who died in 2014.
Just before his passing, Kristoff and his ex-wife, Mia St. John, settled their lawsuit against "Long Beach Mental Hospital," where their son committed suicide. Julian killed himself by covering his head with a plastic bag. Their cross with the hospital was that the nurses were negligent as it wasn’t their son’s first attempt trying to kill himself that way.
With the money they got from the settlement, the St. Johns started a foundation in Julian's name to raise awareness on mental illness, to help other struggling with it.
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