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Police say 'Growing Pains' actor Koenig found dead

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - 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.
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, when he was 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 urged others who are
having trouble coping to seek help. Earlier they had said that he
had seemed detached to his friends and had given away his
belongings.
"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."
Andrew Koenig also appeared in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,"
and the films "My Two Dads," "NonSeNse," "InAlienable" and
"The Theory of Everything." His father had 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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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