The daytime community is mourning the death of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Kristoff St. John (Neil), and his television brother, Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm), had a heartfelt message regarding the passing of his friend and former castmate. “Mr. Kristoff St. John,” he said in an Instagram video, his voice thick with emotion. “I lost my brother yesterday. I’ve never had a brother but you were my brother. You showed me the way. You were my mentor, you were my inspiration. You showed me what true talent was, you showed me what humility was.
“I love you,” the actor continued. “I hate this. I love you. But I’m gonna celebrate all your good. To my YOUNG & RESTLESS family… Kristoff St. John, aka Neil Winters, celebrate this man. The most popular, iconic black man in soap opera daytime history. Give him that, he earned it. To his personal family, Mia, Allana, his current fiancée… I’ve never met her. His son, Julian, rest in peace young dude. Paris, Lola, his two daughters… Cry your tears. I’m crying right along with you. But then celebrate his heart, celebrate his goofy ways, celebrate his talent. He loved you. He loved us. Kristoff, sleep man. Find your peace.”
Moore joined the cast of Y&R as Malcolm Winters back in 1994 as Neil’s estranged half-brother and was part of many popular storylines until his departure in 2002. He made two brief returns in 2004 and 2014, but continued to find success in primetime with starring roles on CRIMINAL MINDS and the currently-airing CBS drama S.W.A.T.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by St. John’s passing during this time. For more on your favorite Y&R stars — past and present — keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.