TMZ: Cause of death released for 'Young and the Restless' star

Bessie Dean
March 20, 2019

Police who responded to St. John's home called the emergency a "possible alcohol overdose", but his cause of death was deferred until an autopsy and "additional investigation" were completed.

Kristoff St. John joined "The Young and the Restless" in 1991. Supposedly, he died due to a mix of heart disease and an accidental overdose.

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office's findings, the Young and the Restless star, 52, died from hypertrophic heart disease, but investigators noted that his heart muscle had "myocardial bridging", and showed signs of alcohol abuse.

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The disease causes unusually thick heart muscles, which in turn make it hard for the body to pump the blood it needs.

TMZ said police responded to a call from friends who'd found the two-time Emmy victor dead at his San Fernando Valley home. The report also says Kristoff was discharged from a mental health facility two days before his death, and that he was admitted after threatening to hurt himself.

"Shemar has always felt a sense of loyalty to the cast and crew at Y&R, remaining in touch with his close friends there, even though it's been years since he's been a regular on the show", the insider continues. The couple divorced in 2007 and he became engaged to Russian model Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva in September.

It's been reported that he had a troubled history with suicide within his family, as St. John and his ex-wife, boxer Mia St. John, lost their son, Julian, when he took his own life in 2014. St. John and Mia also share a daughter, Paris.

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