Actor Kristoff St. John, star of the long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” was found dead over the weekend at his home in the Woodland Hills area.
Officers were sent to the 23000 block of Morea Way about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. An autopsy was pending, police said.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ.com that a friend of the 52-year-old actor went to check on him and found the body.
“We’re told there was no sign of foul play; however one source says alcohol might have played a role,” TMZ reported.
Kristoff played Neil Winters on the television show since 1991, a role that earned him nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.
Kristoff and his ex-wife, boxer Mia St. John, lost their son, Julian, when he took his own life in 2014 while getting treatment at a mental health facility, TMZ reported. He was in his mid-20s.
The couple sued the facility for negligence, and the suit was settled.
In 2017, around the anniversary of the suicide, Kristoff threatened to kill himself with a gun, and authorities placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation, TMZ reported.
After their son’s death, Kristoff and Mia founded the El Saber es Poder — Knowledge is Power — Foundation to battle mental illness.