“Young and Restless” star Kristoff St. John was found dead at age 52. Police suspect he may have died after an alcohol overdose.
Former cast members Victoria Rowell and Doug Davidson joined talk-show host Steve Harvey Tuesday to discuss St. John’s legacy and the hole his death left in the soap opera and the world.
“His departing this earth comes to me in waves,” Rowell, who played his wife, Drucilla Winters, told Harvey. “I have moments of reprieve and then I’m in disbelief because it seems impossible that such a big spirit would be gone.”
She also addressed his fans directly, telling them, “Kristoff absolutely loved you,” and noted how “Kristoff was the kind of person that if he was running through the airport, people would follow him right into the bathroom because they just thought they had it like that with him … It was just beautiful to watch him interface with his fans.”
Asked why she thought she had such good chemistry with St. John, Rowell laughed, declaring, “He was a good kisser!”
Rowell also looked back on the episode featuring Drucilla and Neil’s nuptials.
“Sony pulled out all the stops for that wedding,” she recalled. “We loved that we were getting that kind of production value around us as an African-American leading couple on the No. 1 daytime show.”
Davidson, who played Paul Williams on “Y&R” for four decades and became a father at the same time as St. John, said his most enduring memory of his friend was that “he was just so full of love … In any circumstance, if you were having trouble dealing with anything, he was always very supportive and would be there for you.”
Harvey also showed viewers a clip from a recent conversation he had with St. John, singer Tank and Dr. Drew Pinsky for his “Straight Talk” segment, in which they discussed whether it’s safe or practical for married men to have platonic female friends.
Davidson was curious about St. John’s mindset during that visit to Harvey’s show, taped just weeks before his death at 52.
“There was no indication that anything was wrong,” Harvey said, noting that the actor was laughing and telling jokes between takes.
“The loss of his son felt like an incredible failure to him,” Davidson observed, referencing the apparent suicide of St. John’s son, Julian, in 2014. “I think the responsibility of that … he just couldn’t get out from under it.”
After performing an autopsy on the actor, the Los Angeles County Coroner declined to declare the cause, citing the need for additional toxicology tests, whose results take weeks to process.
You can watch the full St. John tribute episode on SteveTV.com.
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