Andrew Koenig (Richard “Boner” Stabone in “Growing Pains”) was found dead in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia Thursday.

Koenig went missing since Feb. 14 and has apparently committed suicide, his father, Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov from the “Star Trek” series) told reporters. His father also said Andrew stopped taking medication for depression several years ago and sounded “despondent” in a recent letter home.

“He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter said.

According to CNN, Andrew also sold all of his possessions and moved out of his home in Venice, Calif. before going to Canada.

Andrews parents have already turned the tragedy into a teaching moment, and have been urging anyone considering committing suicide to rethink it and get help.

“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care,” Walter said. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”

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2 Responses

  1. bk, nj8bjiv

    That’s really nice that sooo quickly they were capable of turning this horrible situation it to something to help others.

  2. JCM

    My condolonces goes to Andrew’s parents. This is a perfect time to reflect on our own sons and daughters and be part of their lives and give them emotional support even when things seem to be going well. You have to make sure they understand that you are there regardless if they need your support or not. In America we encourage financial independence so much that kids confuse that with emotional independence. I have always wished my parents would have been more proactive than reactive in their kids lives. My condolences also goes to Marie Osmond and her family for the loss of her son. He also committed suicide:( May they rest in peace.


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