Body of Andrew Koenig of 'Growing Pains' found in Vancouver park
Former Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig was found dead Thursday in a wooded area of a sprawling downtown Vancouver, Canada, park where he enjoyed spending time, apparently after committing suicide, reports the Associated Press.
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 to his son's lifelong depression.
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 Valentine's Day, while visiting friends in Vancouver.
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.
"If you are one of those people who can't handle it any more, know people are out there who really care before you make that final decision," Walter Koenig said. "Talk to somebody."
- Associated Press[Photo: Walter Koenig, Andrew's father, pauses during a media conference after the body was found. AP photo]