LYNDA HIRSCH ON TELEVISION -- GOSSIP

By Lynda Hirsch

March 23, 2019 3 min read

The LA coroner has made an official finding in the death of "Young and Restless" actor Kristoff St. John, who died last month. Before the report, it was suspected St. John had committed suicide, as he was still grieving the suicide of his son Julian from three years ago. It is true he never got over it. What parent could? Especially due to the circumstances surrounding the young man's death. Julian, who suffered from schizophrenia, was placed in a facility where he was to be on suicide watch. That means checking on the patient every 15 minutes. Instead, they waited for hours between checks. He was found dead in his room. St. John and his ex-wife, Mia, sued the hospital. They took the money they were awarded and gave it to a mental health agency fighting for those afflicted with the crushing disorder. St. John and Mia are unhappy that the facility is still in business. They had hopes to shut it down.

According to the coroner's report, he did not end his own life. St. John had a heart ailment that is often undetected — a hardening of the arteries. When there are symptoms, it is usually shortness of breath or the skip of a heartbeat. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, these symptoms are often ignored.

The coroner also listed an accidental overdose of alcohol. At 52, it was truly a tragic death, but with suicide ruled out, his family, friends and castmates have found some relief. His fiancee could not understand how or why Kristoff would end his own life.

Several "Young and Restless" castmates felt guilty. Why did they not see it coming? Kristoff always had time for them and their problems. Where were they when he needed them? Of course, they are still heartbroken by his death, but they no longer feel responsible. "Young and Restless" executive Josh Griffin is working on the endgame for Neil. Sadly, art will imitate life. He will die, and everyone in town will have to deal with the grief and loss.

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