Kristoff St. John’s Death Was Caused By Heart Disease And Alcohol, Coroner Rules

Kristoff St. John, a soap opera star, was found unresponsive in his home more than one month ago.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Six weeks after “The Young And The Restless” actor Kristoff St. John was found unresponsive in his California home, authorities have ruled that his death was an accident. 

The Los Angeles County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner has listed the cause of St. John’s death as hypertrophic heart disease, with the manner of death being an accident, according to online case records. The “effects of ethanol” also played a part in the 52-year-old soap opera star’s passing, PEOPLE reports. Representatives for the actor did not respond to the outlet's request for comment.

St. John was pronounced dead on February 3 after officers and first responders responded to a call at the actor’s Woodland Hills home in the early afternoon to find him unresponsive due to what may have been an alcohol overdose, NBC News reports. Paramedics at the scene were unable to revive him, Los Angeles firefighters told the outlet.

His attorney Mark Geragos confirmed his passing on Twitter in a post describing his late client as a man of “unique strength, courage, & sensitivity.” His fiancée, model Kseniya Mikhaleva, also mourned her partner’s passing in a series of heartfelt social media posts. The couple had announced their engagement in September.

St. John is survived by two daughters; he lost his son, Julian St. John, to suicide in 2014. Julian was 24 years old when he was found unresponsive at a mental health facility, and his parents spoke openly about the grief of losing a child in the years following his death.

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