Kristoff St. John’s last ‘Y&R’ airs Wednesday; show pays tribute Friday

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Kristoff St. John will make his final appearance on Wednesday’s episode of “Young and the Restless” following the actor’s sudden death at age 52.

A representative for CBS confirmed to USA TODAY that St. John, who played the groundbreaking character Neil Winters on the soap opera since 1991, will appear in the role one last time Feb. 6 (12:30 p.m. EST). 

The long-running CBS daytime soap opera will also honor the late actor’s legacy with a special tribute during “Y&R” on Friday, the rep added. St. John’s work on the show earned him nearly a dozen Daytime Emmy Award nominations and 10 NAACP Image Awards.

The LA County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner Public Information Officer Sarah Ardalani said that St. John was pronounced dead at a home in Woodland Hills on Sunday.

The determination of the actor’s cause of death has been deferred “pending additional investigation” after an autopsy was completed Monday, according to the coroner’s official website.

CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television released a joint statement following St. John’s death.

“The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person,” they said in the statement. “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.”

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