Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Vancouver Police Department
It's a very sad ending in the case of missing Growing Pains star Andrew Koenig. The actor's body was found Thursday by a group of friends who had organized their own search party in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Koenig, 41, died of an apparent suicide.
"My son took his own life," dad Walter Koenig, who played Chekov on the original Star Trek, said during a police news conference Thursday evening. "Obviously, he was in a lot of pain."
Police began looking for the actor, who starred as Boner Stabone on the '80s sitcom, last week, after he was reported missing by his family. He was last seen on Feb. 14.
Koenig was said to be very depressed, and his grieving parents are hoping their son's death won't be in vain.
"I have received hundreds of emails from people who said they are depressed and considering the same course of action or showed signs of the same behavior," Walter Koenig said. "The only thing I will say is if you are one of these people and feel you can’t handle it anymore, I hope you learn from this. Know that there are people are out there who really care. It may not be enough, but before you make your final decision, check it out again, talk to somebody."
Added Andrew's mother, Judith: "People don't realize there is help. Families, familiarize yourself with these signs. Don't rationalize anything away. People have shown signs of love. In his pain, Andrew didn't realize what was available to him. He had much love and much to contribute. This is the only statement we are going to make. Please respect our privacy."
A rep for the family says Koenig's loved ones will be putting together a book of memories to honor Andrew.
"The Koenig family thanks you for your kind thoughts at this difficult time," read an email sent out by the rep. "It means a lot to them and they are very appreciative of the support they are receiving. Each of these emails will be printed and bound in a remembrance book."
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