‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Remembered as ‘Sweet Prince’

Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner died Sunday afternoon

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“The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John is being remembered as a “sweet prince” by one of his many former co-stars and colleagues who paid tribute following the actor’s passing on Sunday.

“The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking,” Reads a joint statement from CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television, the studio that produces “Y&R”). “He was a very talented actor and an even better person. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him. On behalf of the Y&R cast and crew, CBS and Sony Pictures Television, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones, especially his two daughters, Paris and Lola.”

“My heart is with the family and loved ones of Kristoff St. John. Sending you strength and healing,” wrote “The Young and the Restless” star Alice Hunter. “May he be met with the comforting arms of his beloved son and may their gentle souls rest together for eternity.”

St. John, the actor who played the character Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera since 1991, passed away on Sunday at his home in Woodland Hills, California.

“My good friend and colleague, MY BROTHA, KRISTOFF ST.JOHN , passed away!! No words right now!!” wrote his “Young and the Restless” co-star Eric Braeden.

St. John originated the role of Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless” and had portrayed him for 25 years, becoming the longest running African American actor to appear on the soap. His other credits include the ABC TV mini-series “Roots: The Next Generation” and the NBC soap opera “Generations.”

St. John’s fiancée, model Kseniya Mikhaleva, asked in a heartbreaking Instagram post, “How did it happen ??? How ??? Why did you leave so early ????” It was subsequently deleted.

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His former leading lady, Victoria Rowell, wrote, “You will forever remain joy, love, peace.”

Here are a few of the other many tributes: