AceShowbiz - Kristoff St. John's cause of death has been deferred following an autopsy on Monday, February 04.
The 52-year-old was found dead at his home in the San Fernando Valley, California on Sunday and an autopsy was carried out on Monday morning, but the coroner is waiting for toxicology tests to determine the exact cause of death.
CBS Television bosses have paid tribute to St. John, who was best known for his role as Neil Winters on the network's soap "The Young and the Restless", in a statement, which reads: "The news of Kristoff St. John's passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person."
"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."
St. John's fiancee, model Kseniya Mikhaleva, has taken to social media to mourn the loss of the actor, writing: "How did it happen??? How??? Why did you leave so early????. And left me alone... I can't believe... you were everything to me... you were a loving father, a loving man...".
Vivica A. Fox also took to Instagram to share a photo of the two together, and recalled working with St. John at the start of her career: "It is with a very heavy heart that I wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my good friend @KristoffStJohn who I started off my acting career with on the Soap Operas #Generations & #Young&TheRestless and recently #AChristmasCruise WOW!," she wrote. "Kristoff I will soo miss u my brotha! U were a true gentleman 4sho...!".
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GM Dawlings! It is with a very heavy heart that I wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my good friend @KristoffStJohn who I started off my acting career with on the Soap Operas #Generations & #Young&TheRestless and recently #AChristmasCruise WOW! Kristoff I will soo miss u my brotha! U were a true gentleman 4sho! #GONETOSOON #RESTINPARADISE my friend! #Blessed #Respect 😢🤗🙇🏾♀️
There have also been tributes from St. John's "Young and the Restless" co-star Alice Hunter, actress Yvette Nicole Brown, and Stan Shaw, who played Kristoff's grandfather on "Roots: The Next Generations".