Andrew Koenig 1968-2010
Former child actor Andrew Koenig, best know for his role as the BFF of Kirk Cameron's character in "Growing Pains", was found dead in Stanley Park in Vancouver at noon on Thursday, February 25, 2010. The 41-year-old went missing in Vancouver on February 14, 2010. His parents called British Columbia police to report the disappearance of their son after he failed to return to Venice, California on his scheduled flight or answer his cellphone.
Police had previously searched Stanley Park because it was reported to be a favorite spot of Andrew's when he lived there in the early 90s. The body was discovered in a densely wooded area, off the normal path, by family and friends who had initiated their own private search. Among the searchers was Andrew's father. Police have characterized Koenig's cause of death as suicide due to hanging.
Walter Koenig said in an emotional news conference: "My son took his own life. Don't ignore it. Don't rationalize it. Extend a hand." The announcement came a day after Koenig and his wife made a televised plea to their son to let the family know he was okay.
Koenig played Richard 'Boner' Stabone, the best friend of Mike Seaver in the late 1980's. He appeared in 25 episodes over a four year period. Other "Growing Pains" cast members included Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, Ashley Johnson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to his father, "Star Trek" actor Walter Koenig, Andrew traveled to Toronto to visit friends and then went on to see old acquaintances in Vancouver, where he lived in the early 90's. The missing man's parents received a note from him that caused them great concern. They believe their son was suffering from depression and was despondent at the time of his disappearance. The elder Koenig said, "I think it's something that has been a part of his makeup for a long time. There's no single trauma. There's no episode. There's nothing of that nature."
Two years ago Koenig was arrested for civil disobedience after he protested a Rose Parade float representing China in anticipation of the Beijing Summer Olympics of August 2008. He stepped in front of the float mid-parade while holding a sign that said "China: Free Burma." Of that incident, his father said, "My son has a very strong social conscience and believes that people who are deprived and people who are unfairly subjugated should have the same rights that all people should have."
Besides acting, Andrew Koenig was a video producer for the podcast "Never Not Funny", and started the video website monkeygolucky.com.
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