Over a month after the untimely death of Kristoff St. John, the longtime “Young And The Restless” actor’s cause of death has been revealed.
According to reports, the 52-year-old’s death has been ruled an “accident,” with the cause listed as “hypertrophic heart disease.” A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner tells ET Canada “other contributing factors” to his death include alcohol.
On February 4, police were called to the actor’s home for what was considered a “possible alcohol overdose.” An autopsy was carried out but the cause of death was deferred until the coroner could conduct an additional investigation.
St. John is survived by his fiancee, model Kseniya Mikhaleva, as well as two children, Paris and Lola St. John. His 24-year-old son, Julian, died of a reported suicide at a mental health facility in 2014.
St. John’s ex-wife, Mia St. John, recently spoke about the importance of seeking help for mental health issues following the deaths of St. John and their son, Julian, who committed suicide in 2014.
“Never be ashamed because every one of us suffers from some mental health issue,” she said. “But I’m going to continue to speak out, even if it hurts my ego. I’m going to speak out, and I’m going to continue to let people know about mental health. I’m not going to stop talking about it. I’m going to continue to fight in the [honour] of my boys that I lost.”
Per the site, St. John was placed under a 72-hour psychiatric hold in 2017 after attempting suicide around the anniversary of his son’s death. At the time, Mia said reporting about her ex-husband’s “incident” were “inaccurate.”
“No parent should ever have to bury their child, and for those who do, it is a nightmare that haunts you forever. The death of our beloved son, Julian, has taken a toll on both of us. He is an actor and while he may appear whole on the outside, his heart is broken,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the time. She added, “Last week, an incident occurred, that pushed him to the breaking point, but was not accurately reported.”
She did not elaborate further but asked fans for prayers and support.