“Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John is reportedly undergoing psychiatric treatment.
The 51-year-old New York native had a “scare regarding his mental health,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
St. John, who played young Alex Haley in “Roots: The Next Generations,” is best known as Neil Winters on the daytime soap, on which he’s appeared in more than 1,500 episodes.
In 2014, his 24-year-old son Julian, who suffered from schizophrenia, committed suicide at a mental health care facility in Long Beach, Calif.
The following year, St. John and ex-wife Mia filed a wrongful death suit against the facility, claiming that they lied about how often they checked on Julian.
“His legacy will live on in our hearts and for those that continue to suffer from this insidious disease. My ex-wife Mia, Julian’s sisters Paris and Lola and I, are all devastated beyond words and belief,” St. John said in a statement.
“We mourn the loss of our son, brother, artist, poet, and a giant of a young man. A beautiful life gone much too soon. Julian will forever be remembered as he now takes flight with angels.”
Despite reports, Mia denied that the actor had threatened suicide.
“I want the world to know the truth about what is happening with Kristoff, because currently there is inaccurate, and fabricated information being reported by certain online outlets. No parent should ever have to bury their child, and for those who do, it is a nightmare that haunts you forever. The death of our beloved son Julian, has taken a toll on both of us. He is an actor and while he may appear whole on the outside, his heart is broken. As a society we need to start taking mental health seriously and realize that no one is immune,” she said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.
“I hope that at this moment we can all wrap our arms around Kristoff and help him in this time of need. Help him heal and move forward.”