Friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of Kristoff St. John who passed away on February 3. The Young and the Restless star was laid to rest on Monday next to his son, according to PEOPLE.
Many co-stars from the soap opera attended the funeral including Melody Thomas Scott, Hunter King and Jason Thompson. St. John’s father, Christopher, gave an emotional eulogy on stage with St. John’s daughter, Lola, and his cousin.
“My baby boy Kristoff, I never planned to be standing here on this day. Honestly, I always thought that Kristoff would be standing here to talk about me,” he began.
“When Kristoff was born I held him in my arms, just like this, and he was the most remarkable little baby I’d ever seen. He taught me how to be a better boy, because he knew things about me that I didn’t even realize. Well, we started growing up together, me and Kristoff, and we had the greatest time. He taught me how to laugh and play. We did everything together.”
“Kristoff, I love you, man, with all my heart and soul, my baby boy,” he paused, holding back tears.
Unfortunately, St. John’s fiancée Kseniya Mikhaleva was unable to make it due to a denied visa. She took to Instagram to share the news and say goodbye.
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It is with deep regret and sorrow in my heart that I make this statement. For a year, I was the happiest women on Earth. That changed in a second. I still cannot believe that Kristoff is gone, so early, so unexpectedly, one month after our last meeting in Moscow. In the two years that we were together, he taught me so much – how to love and be loved, how to open the best in other people, how to help people, and simply how to be a good human being. We planned to get married; we had many plans in the future together. With him gone, I have no idea what to do. My thoughts and prayers are, first of all, with his two wonderful daughters whom he loved so much, with every member of his family, with his friends, and with the people that watched him every single day on television. People for whom he played, people who inspired him to work and live. Also, I want to state that I have seen several funds claiming that they were opened by me. As of today, I have not opened and am not planning to open any funds. Everything that you see was/is fake. Right now, I want to be with him, his family, and his friends. I am getting thousands of support texts on my Facebook and Instagram and people are asking why I am not with him and how they can help. Several weeks ago I applied for an “emergency”visa for the funeral to say goodbye my fiancé and beloved???. Answer was “No”. My heart is broken. I am going through this with a huge pain in my heart,and realize that I don’t have opportunity to say goodbye to him and put flowers on his grave. It is not right, not fair. ??Fly, my love, and finally find peace ????. Any person in my place would be torn into pieces. It's scary, painful, that I cannot be with my loved one and his family on his last journey to eternal peace.RIP @kristoffstjohn ????
RIP Kristoff St. John.