‘Young And The Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John’s Son Dead, Loses Battle With Mental Illness

The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John’s son reportedly ended his life after a long battle with mental illness. She Knows reports that St. John, who plays Neil Winters on the popular soap opera, is “dealing with a real life tragedy” following the death of his 24-year-old son, Julian, on November 23.

Kristoff St. John and his wife, boxer Mia St. John, announced their son’s death on Twitter on November 28, telling fans that they lost their “beautiful son.” Their message extended beyond Twitter and onto the site Sqor Sports, where Kristoff and Mia issued a full statement about their son’s death.

“On November 23rd Kristoff St John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John. Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle–he simply chose to set himself free. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul.”

Julian was a talented artist, and some of his art will be on display at a reception that his mother, Mia, states will take place after his December 5 funeral.

“Funeral services will be December 5th, his birthday, in Westlake, California. Following services will be a reception and art exhibit from his final collection.”

Julian St. John reportedly suffered from mental illness for the greater part of his 24 years. The Huffington Post reports that at one point, Julian was homeless for a period of time and had run-ins with the law.

“Julian knows what it is like to feel lonely, off-kilter and claustrophobic. He has endured bouts of severe depression since he was a child. And for a stretch of time in the recent past he was homeless, sleeping in the bathrooms of public parks and occasionally in motels. He has battled addiction issues and has had scrapes with the law.”

And so the legend continues…once upon a time. http://t.co/9oKv4dnxBW

— Kristoff St John (@kristoffstjohn1) November 29, 2014

The beautiful winds of freedom…Photo Gallery: Artist Julian St. John http://t.co/nqmcbdoWUb

— Kristoff St John (@kristoffstjohn1) November 29, 2014

Y&R star Kristoff St. John’s son, Julian, would have turned 25 on December 5. Instead, his parents will be burying their son, with his funeral, reception, and exhibit of Julian’s artwork set for Friday in Westlake, California.

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