Daytime Emmy winner Kristoff St. John of The Young and the Restless has been bearing the heart and soul of the conflicted mind of Neil Winters during the “Flirt with Disaster” February Sweeps storyline on the number one daytime drama. As viewers know, just before the private jet crashed carrying Neil’s loved ones, Neil revealed he knew about his wife Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and his son Devon’s (Bryton James) affair, which has provided some solid material for the actor to sink his teeth into.
But the drama at Y&R, is nothing like his personal drama that was reported today via Radar Online. St. John, who three months ago lost his beloved son Julian to an apparent suicide, is filing a wrongful death suit against the mental hospital Julian was staying at. Reportedly, Kristoff’s ex-wife Mia and the soap star have retained renowned attorney, Mark Geragos for the case.
While the coroners office came to the conclusion that Julian died via suicide with a bag over his head in the bathroom of La Casa Hospital, in Long Beach, California, new evidence is pointing to it possibly being a homicide. A source told Radar Online the family believes Julian was murdered.
Radar’s report goes on to say via their source that Julian called his mother hours before he was found dead, telling her he believed another patient at the hospital was going to kill him. The source also told the outlet that Julian was very scared. The outlets details that Kristoff and Mia want to see security video from inside the mental facility, which they believe supports their homicide theory. While they’ll have to get a court order to view the video, a source close to the investigation confirmed it shows Julian walking back to his room after hanging up the pay phone and other people are “going in and out of his room.” The family also suspects the video will confirm that hospital staff did not check on Julian for hours despite his being placed on a ‘precautionary’ suicide watch that required someone to look in on him every 15 minutes. Julian St. John had suffered with mental illness for many,many years prior to his death.
What do you think about the difficult heartbreak this must be for Kristoff and Mia to have to file suit? Are you stunned by the possibility that Julian could have been murdered? Share your thoughts, and send your well-wishes to Kristoff as he continues to grapple with this unfortunate new chapter in the death of his son.