‘Young and the Restless’ Kristoff St. John: Fiancee, co-stars grieve

Actor Kristoff St. John is being mourned on social media, following the news of his death, which made news on Monday. 

The “Young and the Restless” actor had played Genoa City’s Neil Winters, the patriarch of the show’s only black family, since 1991. St. John was pronounced dead at a home in Woodland Hills, California, on Sunday. He was 52.

St. John’s fiancee, Kseniya Mikhaleva, grieved for her love on Instagram, sharing a photo of the two and all of the questions swirling in her mind. St. John revealed their engagement on Instagram in September. 

“How did it happen ??? How ??? Why did you leave so early ???? and left me alone …..” she captioned the image. “I can’t believe 💔💔💔💔 you were everything to me …. you were a loving father, a loving man,…..how 😢😢😢😭😭😭😭💔💔💔💔 love??we should doing a lot of things in future……”

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St. John’s “Y&R” co-stars also took to social media to honor him. 

Eric Braeden, who plays the menacing Victor Newman, said he had “no words” after the death of his “brotha.”

“Remembering Kristoff ST. John,” longtime star Sharon Case wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of the two. “RIP, my friend.”

Former cast member Michael Damian, who played Danny Romalotti, wrote: “I am truly saddened to hear the news of the passing of my friend and Y&R cast mate @kristoffstjohn1 please keep him in your thoughts and prayers”

Alice Hunter, whom IMDB credited as appearing as Kerry Johnson between 2018 and 2019, wished “strength and healing,” for those close to St. John.

“May he be met with the comforting arms of his beloved son and may their gentle souls rest together for eternity,” she wrote. 

Jason Canela, known to fans as Arturo, said on Twitter he would remember the good times with St. John. 

“got to share some pretty good laughs with him this past year while working on @YandR_CBS and that’s how I’ll choose to remember him, with a smile on his face,” Canela tweeted. 

The official Twitter account for the Daytime Emmy Awards, which had honored the actor’s work with nine nominations and one win for “Y&R” as well as two for “Generations,”  tweeted of the “unbelievable sadness” felt after St. John’s passing. 

Vivica A. Fox, who worked with the late actor on the short-lived “Generations,” posted a photo of the two on Instagram.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my good friend @KristoffStJohn who I started off my acting career with on the Soap Opera #Generations and recently #AChristmasCruise,” she posted. “WOW! Kristoff I will soo miss u my brotha!” 

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown mourned her fellow actor and friend.

“No!!! This news has truly broken my heart,” she tweeted. “Kristoff was pure & so kind. I will never forget how wonderful he was to me and everyone else he came into contact with. He was just a good, good man.”

Journalist Jemele Hill called the news “so heartbreaking.”

“Kristoff St. John’s character was so revolutionary because he & @victoriarowell represented the only black family on Y&R, the no. 1 soap,” she shared. “Kristoff is appreciated and will be sorely missed.”

Contributing: Anika Reed

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