A sad ending to a search for actor Andrew Koenig who has been missing since February 14. His father told reporters he committed suicide after his son’s body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“My son took his own life,” Walter Koenig said at a news conference in the park.
The body of the former “Growing Pains” star was found by several friends who conducted their own search of Stanley Park, where Andrew Koenig liked to walk, his father said.
Andrew Koenig’s father, Walter Koenig also an actor, known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” series, flew to Vancouver with his wife, Judy, on Tuesday to help with the search.
“He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter Koenig said. The Koenigs said they received a letter from their son last week in which he wrote in a “despondent tone.” He had stopped taking medication for depression about a year ago, his father said.
Unknown to his parents at the time, Andrew Koenig sold or gave away many of his possessions and moved out of his apartment in Venice, California, before traveling to Canada, the family said.
Walter Koenig asked others who may be considering suicide “before you make that final decision, check it out again, and talk to someone.”
“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care,” he said. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”
Koenig appeared in 25 episodes of “Growing Pains” from 1985 – 1989, playing Richard “Boner” Stabone, according to a filmography posted on the Internet Movie Database Web site. He also appeared in episodes of several other television shows.
He was described as “a gifted and passionate multitalented young man” on his father’s Web site.