ristoff St. John’s son battled schizophrenia
Young & the Restless” star Kristoff St. John, who plays Genoa City’s Neil Winters, is dealing with real-life tragedy following the November 23 death of his 24-year-old son, Julian. Julian, a painter who suffered from schizophrenia, battled addiction and homelessness in the past, but seemed to be doing better during an interview last year. He committed suicide just before Thanksgiving. St. John’s ex-wife, Mia St. John, shared the news of her son’s death with her followers on Facebook over the weekend:
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. Funeral services will be December 5th, his birthday, in Westlake, California. Following services will be a reception and art exhibit from his final collection.
Kristoff St. John shared some of his son’s work on social media, including one message with a link to his work that says, “The beautiful winds of freedom.”