'Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John's Son Commits Suicide

Photo by Mia St. John/Twitter
The 24-year-old artist suffered from depression and schizophrenia.

After a long battle with mental illness, Julian St. John, son of Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, committed suicide, reports News One.

He was 24 years old.

Kristoff's wife Mia announced the news of his death via Twitter on Saturday.

"On November 23rd Kristoff St John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John," she wrote. "Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle--he simply chose to set himself free." 

The 24-year-old was diagnosed with depression when he was a child and has grappled with schizophrenia since he was 18. He went through bouts of drug addiction and homelessness. 

Julian's funeral is scheduled for Friday, which would have been his 25th birthday.

Our prayers and condolences to the St. John family.

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