Kristoff St. John’s first wife believes soap star ‘drank himself to death'

The first wife of actor Kristoff St. John believes the “Young and the Restless” star was released prematurely from a mental hospital last month and then “drank himself to death."

Mia St. John, a professional boxer who had two children with the soap star during their union, told the Daily News she was “shocked” that a coroner’s report released Tuesday focused so heavily on her ex’s heart disease, not his purported alcohol overdose.

“I think it’s misleading,” she said during a phone interview. “He had four times the legal limit (in his system). The amount of alcohol was a lethal amount.”

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, the immediate cause of St. John’s Feb. 3 death was hypertrophic heart disease. Contributing factors were “effects of ethanol,” meaning alcohol, and “myocardial bridging,” or a portion of his heart muscle constricting blood flow, the full autopsy report obtained by The News said.

The report confirmed St. John had significant alcohol in his system when he was found unresponsive on the floor of his Woodland Hills townhouse.

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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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It also revealed the actor, 52, had been admitted to the Las Encinas Mental Health Hospital in Pasadena on Jan. 26 and placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

He was released Feb. 1, two days before death. the report said.

Mia told The News she believes the star — who won two Emmy and 10 NAACP awards playing Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera — was still a danger to himself when he was allowed to leave the acute psychiatric facility.

Attempts to reach a hospital spokesperson late Tuesday were not immediately successful.

Mia said St. John called her only hours before he died and sounded drunk and deeply despondent over the 2014 suicide death of their 24-year-old son Julian.

Their son had been battling schizophrenia and addiction when he took his own life while in the care of a mental hospital in Long Beach, Calif., she said.

Mia said her ex-husband entered a “downward spiral” after the tragedy and mentioned wanting to take his own life shortly before his hospitalization at Las Encinas.

“Kristoff was in the hospital just two days before he died. Our attorney Mark Geragos got him in there. It was supposed to be for two weeks, but they let him go after a few days without letting me know,” she said.

“I was livid,” she said of his release. “He was suicidal going in and suicidal leaving.”

She said during her last conversation with St. John shortly before his death, the actor was crying and “saying he wanted to die.”

"I tried to keep him on the phone as long as I could. He told me to call his daughters and tell them he loved them. He said, ‘Julian is at the door and he’s just going to take me for a walk.’ I panicked,” she recalled.

Mia said she called St. John’s friend, who already had plans to watch the football game with the actor. She asked the friend to head over immediately and break down the door if necessary, she said.

The friend ultimately contacted St. John’s second ex-wife to gain entry to the townhouse with her key, the autopsy report said.

They found St. John unresponsive between a couch and a coffee table in the two-story townhouse, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at 4:02 p.m., the coroner report said.

Mia said she arrived at the residence a short time later.

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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
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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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“I got there when the coroner showed up. It was a typical scene at Kristoff’s house. There were a lot of vodka bottles. Empty vodka bottles. Alcohol everywhere,” she said.

“(St. John) reportedly has had mental health problems since the death of his son,” the autopsy report said.

“Every day he was crying about our son,” Mia said Tuesday. “He was suffering so much, But there was so little help.”

Mia said she wanted to speak up to shine a light on what she considers the country’s failure to adequately address mental health.

“If someone who’s a celebrity like Kristoff can’t get the help he needs, what does that mean for other people?” she said.

“My worst fear for so many years was that I would lose my son. My next fear was that I was going to lose his father. I ended up losing them both,” Mia told The News.

“I feel like I’m on this desperate mission to reform mental healthcare,” she said. “I feel like I’m spinning my wheels sometimes.”

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