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UPDATE: Andrew Koenig found dead in Vancouver, took his own life, dad says




AP UPDATE: 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."

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.

"He was obviously in a lot of pain," Walter Koenig said, referring his son's depression.

If you were watching Larry King Live on Wednesday night to see Walter Koenig and his wife Judy discuss the disappearance of son Andrew, you were obviously disappointed, since the couple left the Vancouver studio they were at before going on the air. But now the Koenigs say they left because the show was being "disrespectful." That's the way to get your message out.

Walter Koenig spoke to TMZ, telling the site that Larry didn't give them "enough time to do credit to what we had to say. ... We felt it was disrespectful." According to King, who announced their departure on air, "We checked them out, they were prepared to go on, I said 'hello,' they said 'hello.' We said we'd be on in two minutes, they said 'fine.' And they got up and left for reasons unknown."

The flap apparently was caused when King pushed the Koenigs back to talk about the death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau, who apparently drowned after possibly being pulled into a tank by a killer whale. The family was set to go on the air at 6:30 PST, but decided around 6:55 that they'd had enough and took off.

[Photo: Walter and Judy at a press conference in Vancouver earlier Wednesday. AP]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:21am]


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