Mia St. John is opening up about the loss of ex-husband Kristoff St. John and their son Julian in a new book called Fighting For My Life.
In an interview with People, the five-time world boxing champion talks about how these sudden and tragic deaths in her life led to her fight for awareness about mental health.
“I’ve been in this fight for reform of our mental health system for so long,” she said. “Kristoff and I lost our son in a mental health facility that was found guilty of neglect. Then when I uncovered a lot of the facilities in LA County, I discovered that this was going on everywhere because there have been many deaths. My son wasn’t the only one. So I’ve been on that vision.”
Four years ago, the couple’s 24-year-old son died by suicide following a lifelong battle with mental illness. Julian was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach, California, facility. Kristoff passed away earlier this year from heart disease exacerbated by alcohol use.
“When Kristoff lost his life, he was also neglected by the facility that he was put in,” Mia explained. “He was let go while still being suicidal. Then, my mission just completely skyrocketed. And I just want the public to be aware of what’s happening.”
According to Mia, a lot has been “swept under the rug” about the “Young and the Restless” actor’s last days.
“A lot of people don’t know what was happening at the end of his life. Not just with the depression and the guilt over his son, but all the circumstances surrounding his life and the last days of his life.”
“Everybody knew what was going on in his circle, but I feel like there was such a big attempt to cover everything up, which was not to really his benefit and he was so eager to get out of the hospital and get back to work from fear of what would happen if people found out he had been hospitalized,” she continued. “He needed to stay in that hospital. And if he had stayed in that hospital as we had intended, and as our attorney had requested, he’d still be alive today.”
Mia’s book will be released in 2020.
You can read the full interview here.