Kristoff St. John, the actor who played the character Neil Winters on the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless” since 1991, has passed away, according to his attorney Mark Gegaros. He was 52.
According to TMZ, St. John was found in his home in the San Fernando Valley by his friends on Sunday.
St. John got his start as a child actor on the ABC TV mini-series “Roots: The Next Generation,” and he starred in his first soap opera “Generations” on NBC in 1989. Following the show’s cancellation, he originated the part of Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless” and had portrayed him for 25 years. He’s the longest running African American actor to appear on the legendary soap.
In his long career, St. John was also the recipient of nine Daytime Emmy awards and 10 NAACP Image Awards. He most recently was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2017.
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