*Julian St. John, the 24-year-old son of “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John and boxer Mia St. John, committed suicide on Nov. 23, his parents revealed in a statement.
Julian St. John reportedly suffered from mental illness for much of his life. According to The Huffington Post, he had been prone to bouts of serious depression and had been homeless for a period of time.
Mia’s full statement, available at Sqor Sports, reads as follows:
“On November 23rd, Kristoff St John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John. 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. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul.”
A talented artist, Huff Post’s Robert David Jaffee described Julian’s inner turmoil in a March 2013 profile about his art career.
“Julian knows what it is like to feel lonely, off-kilter and claustrophobic,” Jaffee wrote. “He has endured bouts of severe depression since he was a child.”
Jaffee went on to reference valleys in Julian’s life, including stints with homelessness — “sleeping in the bathrooms of public parks and occasionally in motels” — as well as “addiction issues” and “scrapes with the law.”
A funeral service for Julian will be held on December 5, his birthday, in Westlake, California, where an exhibit of his art will also be on display.
Radar Online is reporting more details of the death, citing an exclusive interview with LA’s assistant chief coroner Ed Winter who says Julian was found by a staff member at a facility in Long Beach.
He was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathroom, Winter said, and though the incident is listed as a possible suicide, the official cause of death has been deferred pending additional testing and a toxicology report. No official report is available yet, and the coroner would not confirm or deny whether Julian was staying at a psychiatric hospital.