Several The Young and the Restless stars took to social media today to remember their late co-star Kristoff St. John on what would have been the actor’s 54th birthday. The CBS Daytime drama also posted a tribute to the Neil Winters actor to its official accounts.
St. John’s former co-stars greatly miss him. He passed away on February 3, 2019, leaving the television world stunned, and the show honored the late actor in April 2019 with three shows that said goodbye to Neil, as well as the man who played him. Many Y&R stars, including Christel Khalil (Lily), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), and Greg Rikaart (Kevin), also left messages to him on his birthday.
“Happy birthday Kristoff. I would give anything to make fun of you on your birthday and see your beautiful smile again. I love you,” wrote Khalil, who included a picture of a young St. John in a pale purple shirt looking contemplative.
The actress portrays Lily Winters, who was Neil’s daughter, on the soap opera.
“The world was a little more beautiful, a little more joyful, and WAY less serious with you in it. I celebrate the day of your birth today. How lucky for me and the rest of us that you were born,” Stafford wrote alongside a picture of herself smooching a smiling St. John on the cheek.
“Let me get started by acknowledging that today is #Kristoff’s birthday. Let show him and his family some Iove,” Rikaart tweeted earlier on Wednesday.
Former Cane Ashby actor Daniel Goddard also shared a beautiful memory of St. John. In the clip, the late Y&R star put on red tennis shoes that had something inside them, and everybody laughed and laughed over the prank. Later, the camera zoomed in on his dirty black socks, which had something on them that wasn’t supposed to be there. It was a brief, light-hearted moment behind the scenes at the sudser.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t miss you! Happy birthday my brother!” Goddard wrote.
Fans and viewers of the show also reacted with love to the soap’s Instagram post about St. John. More than 8,100 Instagrammers hit the “like” button, and over 400 left a comment remembering him and all that he meant to them as viewers of the daytime drama. Many expressed how much they missed seeing him as Neil in Genoa City, and they offered continued condolences to his family and friends. Some also noted how much they appreciated seeing him in the flashback shows, which have aired the past couple of months due to the coronavirus pandemic.