Shemar Moore recently headed back to one of his old TV haunts, and he honored a special person along the way.

In early May, fans were ecstatic to see the Criminal Minds star reprise his role as Malcolm Winters for an episode of The Young and the Restless. But ahead of his appearance on the soap opera, Shemar showcased a series of throwback moments of his time playing the character throughout the years. As he posted photos with some of his former cast members on Instagram, he also remembered late actor Kristoff St. John, who died suddenly in February 2019. He portrayed his half-brother Neil Winters.

Using a snippet of the duo as the first image, he reflected on their relationship off-screen. “MY BROTHER … MY BELIEVER,” the S.W.A.T. actor wrote on Instagram on May 7. “I LOVE YOU KRISTOFF 🙏🏽👊🏾👊🏾💖🕊️.”

When fans saw the sentimental way Shemar paid tribute to both his friend and his time on the long-running TV show, they immediately reached out to him in support.

‘The Young and the Restless’

'The Young and the Restless'

‘The Young and the Restless’

“Both these brothers made history on soaps and they made us watch !! 👏👏👏👏,” one person wrote in the Instagram comments section. “Miss him deeply. Can’t wait to see you visit Genoa City!” a different user noted. “Loved you back then and love you now. ❤️❤️,” another follower added.

As viewers of The Young and the Restless may know, Shemar appeared as part of the series’ 50th anniversary episode. Apart from his character making a surprise appearance, he used the opportunity to help the show honor Neil’s memory and Kristoff’s legacy when the Winters family came together for a party.

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“I’m here,” he said in a clip. “I show up for Neil, you know why? Because if things were reversed, and it all ended a little differently, he’d be showing up for me. I know he would.”

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