Kristoff St. John died of heart disease and his death was triggered by an alcohol binge, the L.A. coroner’s office has reported.
The Young and the Restless actor died aged 52 on February 3, at his home in Los Angeles.
The official cause of death has been revealed as hypertrophic heart disease and has been categorized as an accident, TMZ revealed on Tuesday.
Hypertrophic heart disease is where the heart muscle thickens making it harder for the heart to pump blood.
It often goes undiagnosed due to there commonly being no symptoms.
It’s been labeled ‘accidental’ because the actor was apparently on an alcohol binge at the time of his death.
TMZ also recently reported that Kristoff would be laid to rest next to the grave of his son, Julian. Julian died tragically by suicide in 2014 at age 24.
Sources told the publication last month that Kristoff would be interred at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California, near Los Angeles.
The soap star was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley home on February 3, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 52 at the time of his death.
At the time sources indicated that alcohol might have been a factor in his death.
Kristoff battled severe depression in the years following his only son’s untimely death. He also has two daughters, who survive their father.
In October 2017, he was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after threatening to shoot himself.
Kristoff was again hospitalized earlier this year. He checked himself into the UCLA Medical Center after suffering another bout of depression. He was released only a few days prior to his death.
The actor’s final TV appearance came on February 6, three days after his death.
Kristoff had played Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless since 1991.
The role had earned him nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations.