KRT ENTERTAINMENT STAND ALONE PHOTO SLUGGED: YAPPYHOUR KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY BAXTER/ABACA PRESS (November 10) Kristoff St. John at the Jeep Yappy Hour and Fabreze Pet Fashion Show at Century Plaza Hotel, Century City, California, November 9, 2004. (Photo by l

(Photo credit: lde/Sipa USA)

Coroner Says 'Young and Restless' Star Died of Heart Disease

March 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say "Young and the Restless" star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with heavy drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor.

A coroner's report released Tuesday lists "hypertrophic heart disease" as the cause of the 52-year-old's death on Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. "Hypertrophic" means the heart muscle has become abnormally thick.

The report states that alcohol use along with a congenital artery problem contributed to St. John's death.

The report says that three days before his death, St. John had been released from a mental health hospital where he had been admitted for alcohol abuse and threatening self-harm.

St. John played Neil Winters for 27 years on the CBS soap opera. He was nominated for nine daytime Emmys, winning once.