As they woke up to the news of beloved The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, the actor’s co-stars on the CBS Daytime drama took to social media to share their heartbreak and fond memories of their friend and colleague.
Over and over as stars spoke out about St. John, the picture that emerged is the same one that friends and fans of the actor consistently saw. Kristoff St. John had a huge heart of gold, and he was a light that shined consistently despite his devastation over his son Julian St. John’s death in 2014. Over and over those who worked with St. John on the show created a portrait of a man who was fantastic as a human as well as an actor.
Speaking of St. John, Camryn Grimes, who portrays Mariah Copeland on the show, on Twitter wrote simply, “Our hearts are broken because his was the biggest.” Later Grimes posted again encouraging people to share their memories of St. John’s talent and stories about him.
Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) took to Twitter to express his shock and sadness at his friend’s passing. Braeden explained that he has no words to mourn the loss of his good friend and brother, and fans instantly responded with condolences and memories of St. John.
Nikki Newman actress Melody Thomas Scott thanked fans for their condolences on Twitter. She called the late actor her dear friend and expressed that she is brokenhearted over the news of St. John’s death.
Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) shared his memories of the late actor on Instagram. Davidson’s post described St. John as one of those people who radiated “pure love.”
Jill Abbott actress Jess Walton expressed her heartache on Twitter with a series of two posts. Walton pointed out that now St. John is reunited with his son, and she also revealed that she’s a better person for having known the late actor.
Never have I known anyone with a more open heart. we are all so much better for having known you and loved you. https://t.co/sH5ybBJdwU
— Jess Walton (@JessWaltonYR) February 4, 2019
Soap vet and Y&R newcomer Jordi Vilasuso (Rey Rosales) expressed his grief, tweeting in part, “So saddened by this news! Such a kind and lovable soul! Tremendous loss for the Y&R family.”
Meanwhile, actress Alice Hunter (Kerry) took to the popular social media platform to lift St. John’s family and loved ones with her tweet. She wished the actor peace as he spends eternity with his son Julian.
Sharon Newman actress Sharon Case shared a picture of herself with St. John via Twitter remembering her friend.
Remembering Kristoff ST. John ???? RIP, my friend. pic.twitter.com/91fr7r3j5a
— sharon case (@sharonlcase) February 4, 2019
Michael Mealor, who portrays Kyle Abbott, also expressed his grief writing, “The moment you walked into the room, you could feel his love and energy. Believe it when everyone says his heart was the biggest. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. RIP @kristoffstjohn1.”
Eileen Davidson who exited her role as Ashley Abbott last fall took to Twitter and called St. John her nickname for him, Steel. The actress wrote that she’ll miss him and wished that he will rest in peace. Davidson also released a full statement to People. In it, she called her former co-star “a loving kind generous sweet hilarious gifted human. He left an indelible mark on all who were blessed to know him.” Ultimately, the former Ashley actress sent heartfelt condolences to the late actor’s family and loved ones.
Greg Rikaart, who portrayed Kevin Fisher on Y&R for 14 years and currently portrays Leo on Days of our Lives, also expressed his thoughts succinctly posting, “RIP, beautiful Kristoff.”
Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman) declared the actor’s heart was bigger than the world in her Instagram post remembering her costar.
The actor’s Y&R co-star Alice Hunter, who portrays Kerry, expressed her condolences on Twitter. “My heart is with the family and loved ones of Kristoff St. John. Sending you strength and healing. May he be met with the comforting arms of his beloved son and may their gentle souls rest together for eternity,” Hunter wrote in a heartfelt message.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown also expressed her grief on the popular social media platform. In 2016, Brown appeared in three episodes of Y&R as Lois Thompson.
“No!!! This news has truly broken my heart. 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,” she tweeted.
Actor Daniel Hall (ex Scott) took to Instagram with a heartfelt post sharing multiple pictures of his time working with St. John. Hall expressed how much he will miss the actor and talked about the energy that he brought with him to the set.
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Kristoff was always such a bright wonderful energy on set. Thank you for being so generous to us all. Sending love and healing energy to your immediate family and your Y and R family. You are deeply missed sir…#mentalhealthawareness #yr #oneofthegoodguys #rip #loveandlight #lesfeuxdelamour #love #loss #life #prayers #cbsdaytime #cbs #sadness
Actress, Lauralee Bell (Christine) whose parents the late William Bell and Lee Phillip Bell created the show, shared a message on Instagram where she called St. John with herself and her mother family forever and always.
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FAMILY FOREVER & ALWAYS! Not easy to find the words but Kristoff was one of the sweetest, kindest, most talented men around! Always there for you! We had some special moments that I’ll treasure forever. I know we are all having a tough time. Love to his family & girls! #familyforever #kristoffstjohn
Actress Kate Linder (Esther) sent her thoughts and love alongside a sweet picture of herself with St. John via her Instagram account. In another post, Linder mentioned that her late husband, Ron and Kristoff adored each other.
Like so many others Abhi Sinha (Ravi) took to Instagram to share his story of what Kristoff St. John meant to him. Sinha described a man like no other who even spoke to him in Hindi when Sinha first started on the show.
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From the first day I met @kristoffstjohn he was super disarming. Being a new cast member on set can be a challenge at first, especially when so many of the actors have been together for so long – but Kristoff made me feel like one of the crew from day one. I remember he started talking to me in Hindi and I was like whoa who is this dude? That’s when he told me how much time he spent in India growing up. He always had such a palpable and relatable energy and he will be missed dearly. Sending love to his family during this difficult time. RIP Kristoff
Like many others, Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman) said she had no words to describe such a tragic loss. She sent out her wishes to all those who loved St. John in a wonderful Instagram tribute.