“Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig’s body was found Thursday in Stanley Park in Vancouver. Police investigations are continuing, and Vancouver police are not yet announcing a cause of death, but no foul play is suspected at the moment. Koenig’s father, Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov on the original “Star Trek,” announced in an emotional press conference on Thursday that “my son took his own life. The only other think I want to say – I’ve already said what a great guy he was, and good human being – he was obviously in a lot of pain.”
Koenig has been missing since he missed his scheduled flight home to Los Angeles from Vancouver on February 14th. His parents reported him missing on February 18th – his family was already concerned with Andrew’s state of mind when he left on his trip to Vancouver. He had a history of depression and had been despondent of late. Koenig had moved out of his Venice apartment before his trip and sold many of his possessions in a garage sale. It seemed clear that he may not have intended to come home.
Most people have no idea how staggeringly high the suicide rates in the United States are. Every minutes in the United States a person attempts suicide, and every sixteen minutes in the United States a person dies by suicide.
Andrew Koenig was best known for playing Richard “Boner” Stabone, best friend to Kirk Cameron’s character Mike Seaver in the first four seasons of the popular ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.” Koenig also wrote, directed and edited independent films.