Soap Opera Star Hospitalized After Threatening Suicide

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Kristoff St. John, a star on "The Young and the Restless," was hospitalized Oct. 19 and placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun.

According to authorities, an ex-girlfriend of Kristoff's called police and said he had been sending her photos of himself holding a gun to his head, TMZ reports.

When cops arrived, they confiscated two guns and placed him under a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation. 

Kristoff's son committed suicide on Nov. 23, 2015, and the anniversary of that date reportedly made the soap opera star suicidal himself. 

"Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit," Julian's mom and Kristoff's ex-wife, Mia, wrote in a statement shortly after her son's death, as quoted by the website Shared. "He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure."

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Kristoff sued the Long Beach, California, hospital where his son committed suicide, as TMZ reported at the time. He accused the facility of giving his son access to the plastic bag he used to kill himself. 

His son was found dead in a bathroom with the plastic bag over his head. 

Kristoff said that if the staff had "acted with even the slighted regard for Julian's safety, he would still be alive today."

On Oct. 12, Kristoff retweeted Dr. Drew Pinksy's retweet of Mia's tweet about helping people with mental illness, the Daily Mail reports.

On Oct. 11, he tweeted: "Waking up to see another day is a blessing. Don't take it for granted. Make it count and be happy you're alive."

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Kristoff has played the character Neil Winters on "Young and the Restless" since 1991, for which he has one two Daytime Emmy awards, notes the Daily Mail. 

According to the show's website, it has been the number-one daytime drama for the past 28 years. The plot "revolves around the rivalries, romances, hopes and fears of the residents of the fictional Midwestern metropolis, Genoa City," the site explains. "The lives and loves of a wide variety of characters mingle through the generations, dominated by the Newman, Abbott, Baldwin and Winters families." 

According to the site's promotional blurb, the show was a revolutionary soap opera when it premiered on March 26, 1973.

As of Oct. 27, the status of Kristoff's condition has not been made public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States steadily declined from 1986 through 1999.

However, suicide rates have steadily increased from 1999 through 2014. It is among the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults, and is also rising among middle-aged adults. 

Sources: TMZ (2), Shared, Daily Mail, CBS, CDC / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: SharedEURweb via Shared

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