UPDATE [10/23/2017]: A previous version of this story cited a report from TMZ, which claimed that Kristoff St. John’s ex-wife, Mia St. John, was the one who notified police that the Young and the Restless star had threatened to commit suicide. Reacting to TMZ’s story, Mia St. John spoke with Entertainment Tonight to clarify that the supposed incident “was not accurately reported,” and that she did not inform police that her ex-husband was suicidal.
Meanwhile, TMZ updated its original story, noting that it was an unnamed ex-girlfriend of Kristoff St. John’s who notified police about his alleged suicide attempt.
If you know anyone whom you believe is suicidal, or if you yourself are entertaining such thoughts, please do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Original story below, with revisions to reflect the above update:
The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, who is best-known for his role as Neil Winters on the long-running soap opera, was reportedly placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.
Citing law enforcement officials, TMZ wrote that Kristoff St. John’s ex-girlfriend called police on Thursday evening and claimed that Kristoff had been sending her photos of himself pointing a gun to his head. Police officers who arrived on the scene confiscated two guns belonging to the Young and the Restless star and placed him on a 72-hour hold “for mental evaluation.”
As further noted by TMZ, the alleged incident came close to three years after Kristoff St. John’s son, Julian, committed suicide on November 23, 2014. Julian, who was only 24-years-old at the time of his death, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 18, and had also suffered from severe depression as a child, according to a report from People.
In May of 2015, Kristoff and ex-wife Mia St. John filed a lawsuit against the mental health facility where their son died, claiming that there was “widespread and pervasive” negligence. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the couple claimed that the facility did not check on Julian every 15 minutes like they should have, as no one had attended to him in the hour before he was found dead.
Although there had been no previous reports of St. John entertaining suicidal thoughts in the lead-up to this week’s alleged incident, he and his ex-wife Mia had again spoken to Entertainment Tonight in August, with Kristoff admitting that he was “still angry” over the footage of the supposed neglect his son went through in his final moments. Sources close to the Young and the Restless mainstay told TMZ that Kristoff St. John was “very, very upset” in recent days, as Julian’s death anniversary continued to draw nearer.
A look at Kristoff’s Twitter feed shows no activity since October 12, when he asked his followers to retweet his post in support for mental health awareness. It isn’t clear either how The Young and the Restless taping will proceed in the aftermath of Kristoff St. John’s alleged suicide attempt.
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