Several old friends will return to The Young and the Restless to help say goodbye to longtime star Kristoff St. John, who died on Feb. 4 at the age of 52.
EW has learned exclusively that Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters), Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) Mishael Morgan (Hilary Curtis Winters) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) will participate in several episodes of the CBS daytime drama to pay final respects to St. John, who played Neil Winters since 1991. Moore will reprise his role as Neil’s brother for two episodes airing April 25-26, while Rowell, Morgan and Khalil will appear as themselves in a special tribute episode on April 29. The latter will include former and current cast members sharing memories of St. John and will also feature clips of St. John’s most memorable moments.
Moore made his last appearance on Y&R as Neil’s brother in September 2014. Rowell, who played Neil’s wife, was a fan favorite from 1990-2007. Morgan played Hilary Curtis, Neil’s former cheating wife, from 2013-18.
The Y&R plot line will address St. John’s passing beginning April 23. Genoa City learns of the unexpected death of Neil, so family and friends gather to remember their beloved father, colleague, brother, and friend. The story will continue through the remainder of the week.
“We all miss Kristoff immensely and are understandably still in a bit of shock,” says executive producer Anthony Morina to EW. “Our hope is that this storyline and tribute episode airing in April will honor the legendary character Kristoff helped create, and provide our audience with the opportunity to say a meaningful goodbye to Neil Winters.”