The Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St John (Neil Winters) Dies

Actor Kristoff St John, the actor who played the role of Neil Winters on the CBS long running soap opera   “The Young and the Restless” has passed away.

actor kristoff st johnSt John, 52,  was found dead at a home in the San Fernando Valley, California on Sunday.

The cause of death remains unknown and  there were no signs of foul play, however one source claimed alcohol may have been a factor.

St. John, who won two Daytime Emmy Awards,  joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in 1991. He he was also nominated seven other times for playing the role of Neil Winters.

About Neil Winters
Neil is the longest-running male African American character to appear on the series.

Over the years, Neil’s storylines have involved his marriages to Drucilla Winters (Victoria Rowell), as well as his conflict with his half-brother Malcolm Winters (Shemar Moore). Neil’s first daughter, Lily Winters (Christel Khalil), was involved in a paternity storyline, with Neil and Malcolm as potential fathers.

In 1994, Bill Bell had a delusional Drucilla sleep with Malcolm while she was married to Neil, leaving Dru pregnant, with both her and Malcolm unsure of the baby’s paternity, while Neil believed he was the father. Bell chose not to follow up on this plot point, leaving it unresolved until 2005 when then-Executive Producer, John F. Smith, chose to revisit the storyline and revealed Malcolm as Lily’s biological father. Neil and Drucilla have shared two marriages, as well as adopting a son, Devon Hamilton (Bryton James). Since Drucilla’s presumed death in 2007, Neil has had numerous other romances, including Karen Taylor (Nia Peeples), Sofia Dupre (Julia Pace Mitchell), Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell), and Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan). St. John’s portrayal of Neil has garnered a positive response over the years, awarding him two Daytime Emmy Awards and eight NAACP Image Awards.

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More about Kristoff St John

St John was married and divorced twice.
He had a son, Julian (1989–2014) and a daughter, Paris Nicole (born 1992) with his first wife, boxer Mia St. John.Julian died by suicide on November 23, 2014 following a long history of mental illness.
St. John was married to Allana Nadal from 2001 to 2007, and they had a daughter, Lola (born April 15, 2003).
On August 31, 2018, he was engaged to Russian model Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva.
He was a vegan and animal rights advocate and appeared in two PETA ad campaigns.
St. John’s first major soap role was Adam Marshall on the NBC soap opera Generations.
Played Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless.”
He played the role of Neil Winters for 25-years.
In 1992, he won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role.