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45th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Awards CeremonyIt is with great sadness that we tell you guys about the loss of Kristoff St. John. His son committed suicide just before Thanksgiving. Julian St. John, an artist who has struggled with mental illness was overwhelmed and ended his life .

Mia took to Twitter to tell the world about her son:

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. 

Julian would have turned 25 on December 5, which will now be the day of his burial.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2012 (the most recent year for which full data are available), 40,600 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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