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Larry King Live
February 23, 2010
The family of missing Growing Pains actor, Andrew Koenig, has taken to the media in the hopes of finding out what happened to the 41 year old actor. Koenig has been missing since February 14th, when he failed to board a plane home after a trip to Canada. The actor lives in Venice, California and had been visiting friends in Toronto and Vancouver for a few days.Koenig’s sister, Danielle Koenig, appeared on Larry King Live last night to say that her brother suffered from depression and had been on antidepressants but had stopped taking them.
She also told King that Koenig’s apartment in Venice had not been left intact when he left town, saying her brother had taken everything out of his apartment and had moved out. According to ABC 7 News, Koenig had lived in his apartment in Venice for 14 years.
Danielle Koenig told King she last saw her brother on January 31st at her birthday celebration, and that he was “okay” but “seemed a little down”.
Meanwhile, Andrew Koenig’s parents, Walter and Judy Koenig , appeared on The Today Show this morning. Walter Koenig said of his missing son, “He was very depressed about his life.”
Walter Koenig’s official website has detailed information about Andrew Koenig’s disappearance and now also includes information on suicide warning signs and prevention. The case has clearly sparked an interest in the topic and people and has been a wake up call for people who have loved ones suffering from depression.
As for the worst possible outcome regarding his son, Koenig told Today, “I don’t want to think that way… I’m trying very hard not to think that way.”
Andrew’s friend, burlesque dancer Jenny Magenta, told Today that he stayed at her house during his visit to Vancouver, but when she woke up in the morning he was gone. The note he left for her simply said, “Thank you, Andrew”
Andrew Koenig’s former Growing Pains co-stars have also reached out to him in the press, including show star Kirk Cameron , who appealed to Andrew to give him a call.
While there has been no definite trace of Koenig since February 14th, Vancouver police have reportedly received a steady stream of sightings and tips in the case.
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Andrew Koenig Dead: ‘Growing Pains’ Actor’s Body Found After Suicide
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Former “Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig was found dead Thursday in a wooded area of a sprawling downtown park where he enjoyed spending time, apparently after committing suicide.
The actor’s father, Walter Koenig, said “my son took his own life,” and police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness said, “I’ll let Mr. Koenig’s words speak for themselves.”
“He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter Koenig said, referring his son’s lifelong depression.
McGuinness, speaking at a press conference at the park, said foul play was not involved, but said she could not be more specific because the coroner was taking over the investigation.
Andrew Koenig, 41, had a recurring role on the 1980s sitcom as Richard “Boner” Stabone, a pal of star Kirk Cameron’s character, Mike. The native of Venice, California, hadn’t been seen since Feb. 14, while visiting friends in Vancouver.
He was supposed to return home two days later. His parents reported him missing Feb. 18, then asked the public for help finding him a few days later.
On Tuesday, Vancouver police and three search-and-rescue teams looked for any signs of Koenig throughout Stanley Park, which covers more than 1,000 acres (400 hectares). Friends and family decided to try again on their own Thursday and one of them found Koenig’s body near a marsh in a heavily wooded area about 100 feet (30 meters) off the Bridle Path. McGuinness said the body could not be seen from the walking path.
The elder Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov on the original “Star Trek” TV series, was nearby when the body was found. Hours later, Koenig and his wife, Judith, issued a statement at a police station in the park.
They said Andrew had been depressed, and had said earlier that he had given away his belongings and had been off his medication. They urged others who are having trouble coping to seek help.
Koenig had said he that his son had cleaned out his apartment in Los Angeles, a city where he felt like he didn’t belong. Koenig did not know his son planned to move to Vancouver, which is what Andrew told friends before he disappeared.
Andrew Koenig also appeared in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “My Two Dads,” and “G.I. Joe,” and the films “NonSeNse,” “InAlienable” and “The Theory of Everything.” His father has praised his son for his acting, film editing and directing work, and said he was also a busy environmental activist. He also was an advocate for refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
In 2008, Koenig was arrested during the Rose Bowl parade in California while protesting China’s support for Myanmar’s military government.
He came to love Vancouver after shooting a TV episode there, and once lived there for three years.