Viola Davis, ‘Young and the Restless’ stars and more mourn Kristoff St. John

Paying tribute. Viola Davis,Eric Braeden, Alice Hunter and more celebrities took to Twitter following the news of Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John’s death.

“The pain of grief and mental health should be addressed in the same realm as ‘physical’ ailments,” Davis tweeted on Monday, February 4, seemingly referring to St. John’s past struggle with his mental health. “No real words except….I hope you found peace. God bless those you loved who were left behind. With all my heart and empathy.”

Braeden, who has appeared on The Young and the Restless since 1980, shared a photo with his late costar. “My good friend and colleague, MY BROTHA, KRISTOFF ST.JOHN, passed away!!” he wrote. “No words right now!!”

Hunter, who portrays Kerry Johnson on the soap, also posted a tribute via 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.”

St. John played Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless for more than 25 years. CBS Daytime shared a statement via Twitter on Monday, calling his death “heartbreaking.”

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PASADENA, CA - APRIL 29: Actor Kristoff St. John (L) and daughter Paris St. John attend the CBS Daytime Emmy After Party at Pasadena Convention Center on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 29: Actor Kristoff St. John (L) and daughter Paris St. John attend the CBS Daytime Emmy After Party at Pasadena Convention Center on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 29: Sharon Case (L) and Kristoff St. John speak onstage during the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 20: Kristoff St. John plays Neil Winters on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - OCTOBER 01: Kristoff St. John (L) and Dana Derrick at Southern California's Foothill AIDS Project Balls O' Fire celebrity bowling tournament at Brunswick Zone Deer Creek Lanes on October 1, 2017 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Actor Kristoff St. John attends the 10th anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: (L-R) Lola St. John, actor Kristoff St. John and Paris St. John attend the 10th anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Kristoff St. John is seen on April 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Actor Kristoff St. John attends the CBS Daytime Emmy after party at The Hollywood Athletic Club on April 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Actors Sean Kanan and Kristoff St. John on day 2 of The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Hotel LAX on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 19: Coverage of the CBS series THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: (L-R) Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) and Christel Khalil (Lily Ashby) (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Actors Lamon Archey, Redaric Williams, and Kristoff St. John attend the closing night for the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre on October 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: Actress Jeanne Cooper (front, center) poses along with the cast of the 'Young & The Restless' during the 'The Young & The Restless' 40th anniversary cake-cutting ceremony at CBS Television City on March 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 23: Actor Kristoff St. John attends The Young And The Restless: celebrating 10,000 episodes at The Paley Center for Media on August 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Actors Kristoff St. John, Doug Davidson, Michelle Stafford and Melody Thomas Scott, writer Maria Arena Bell and actors Jeanne Cooper, Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman, Joshua Morrow and Christian LeBlanc attend The Paley Center for Media presentation of 'The Young and the Restless: Celebrating 10,000 Episodes' at The Paley Center for Media on August 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 22: Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper, left), meets with Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott, center) and Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John, right), on CBS' THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Actor Kristoff St John, actress Amelia Heinle, and actor Thad Luckinbill arrive at the United Friends of the Children's Brass Ring Awards Dinner 2010 honoring Julie Chen & Leslie Moonves held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actor Kristoff St. John (L) and actor Daniel Godbard attend the cake cutting ceremony celebrating 'The Young and the Restless' staying the number one rated daytime drama series for twenty years straight at CBS Studios on December 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Actor Michael Fairman, actress Michelle Stafford, actor Michael Graziadei, actress Adrienne Frantz, and actor Kristoff St. John pose during 'Christmas Stories XVI' benefiting the Hollywood Police Activities League held at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on December 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for COS)
Actor Kristoff St. John and daughter pose for their portrait during the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on June 20, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.**EXCLUSIVE** ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
Actor Kristoff St. John and daughter Lola St. John attend the pressroom at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 20, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Kristoff St. John, Bill Jones and Bryton McClure, winner Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for 'The Young and the Restless' (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Recording artist Aaron Neville and actors Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John speak on the set of 'The Young and The Restless' during the opening of the new jazz club Indigo the at CBS Television City on September 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images)
Luke Walton and Kristoff St. John during Los Angeles Laker Luke Walton Makes His Daytime Debut on CBS' 'The Young and the Restless' Set to Air August 30, 2006 at CBS in Television City, CA, United States. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 26: (L-R) Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers, director Kathy Foster and actor Kristoff St. John pose together during rehearsal as Walton makes his debut on the CBS daytime television drama 'The Young and the Restless' on July 26, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Kristoff St. John and family during 25th Anniversary Gala for PETA and Humanitarian Awards - Arrivals at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Kristoff St. John, wife Alana and daughter during Silver Spoon Hollywood Buffet - Day 2 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage for Silver Spoon (formerly The Cabana))
Kristoff St. John during Dodgeball: The Celebrity Tournament to Benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation - Inside at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actor Kristoff St. John and girlfriend Allana Nadal attend the Multicultural Motion Picture Association's Eighth Annual Diversity Awards on October 23, 2000 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 18: Actor Kristoff St. John and girlfriend Allana Nadal attend the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 18, 2001 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 21: Actor Kristoff St. John and girlfriend Allana Nadal attend the 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 21, 1999 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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“He was a very tautened actor and an even better person,” a joint statement from CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television reads. “For those of us who were for 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 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.”

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday that St. John passed away at the age of 52. According to The Blast, the actor’s autopsy has been completed and officials are waiting on a toxicology report to determine his cause of death.

St. John is survived by his fiancée, Kseniya Mikhaleva, and his daughters from past relationships, Paris and Lola. St. John’s son, Julian, whom he shared with ex-wife Mia St. John, died by suicide in November 2014. Following his son’s death, St. John was hospitalized after undergoing a psych evaluation in November 2017.

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My good friend and colleague, MY BROTHA, KRISTOFF ST.JOHN , passed away!! No words right now!! https://t.co/um3RVtQYPh
The pain of grief and mental health should be addressed in the same realm as "physical" ailments. No real words exc… https://t.co/U407yZLGCa
No!!! This news has truly broken my heart. Kristoff was pure & so kind. I will never forget how wonderful he was to… https://t.co/RwLsFVwsTA
Stunned and deeply saddened. Speechless. https://t.co/ZssqSHLApp
I cant do this justice; I think I’m still in shock. What are we all going to do without him? Without his talent, gr… https://t.co/GCQc5aRbtC
So unbelievably heartbroken by the passing of my dear friend Kristoff St.John. I loved him so much! He was such a… https://t.co/wBjZYisPoI
Kristoff St. John was such a kind man and a very dear friend to me and so many at Y&R. My late husband Ron and Kris… https://t.co/pQuL93M0vJ
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