County Coroner: Actor St. John Died After Stay at Pasadena Hospital

Published : Friday, March 22, 2019 | 4:40 AM

Kristoff St. John

Soap opera actor Kristoff St. John had stayed some seven days in Las Encinas Hospital shortly before he died, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. Las Encinas is an acute psychiatric facility in East Pasadena.

St. John, who played the  role of Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless” since 1991, was admitted to Las Encinas on Jan. 26, and released two days before he died on February 3, according to the coroner.

A report by celebrity news website The Blast said St. John was admitted to the Pasadena facility “for threatening to hurt himself and alcohol abuse.”

After his release, the thespian returned to his residence in the San Fernando Valley. The two-time Emmy Award winner was found dead there. He was 52.

The coroner’s report said St. John had “a history of alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder and suicidal ideations.”

No suicide note was found, no trauma was noted, and no foul play was suspected in his death, the report continued.

The coroner indicated information about St. John’s earlier confinement in Pasadena and his release came from an informant.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a death investigation was conducted for a possible alcohol overdose at the actor’s residence.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office listed the actor’s cause of death as “hypertrophic heart disease,” or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, described as a complex type of heart disease that causes thickening of the heart muscle, especially the ventricles, or lower heart chambers. This thickening causes the heart muscle to function abnormally.

When severe enough, the condition can trigger heart failure.

St. John was laid to rest at the Calvary Community Church in Westlake, next to the grave of his son Julian St. John, who reportedly died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 24.

Kristoff’s ex-wife Mia St. John, Julian’s mother, has said the actor had been heartbroken about his son’s death, and at one time said her ex-husband, “slipped into a very dark place” around the anniversary of Julian’s death.

A report by Entertainment Weekly Tuesday said several of Kristoff St. John’s old friends will be returning to “The Young and the Restless” to take part in several episodes of the CBS drama to pay final respects to the late actor.

A special tribute episode will air on April 29 and will feature clips of St. John’s most memorable moments, the report said.

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