Sitcom star took his own life
'Growing Pains' actor found dead in park
The body of actor Andrew Koenig, who played "Boner" on the TV series "Growing Pains" was found in a Vancouver Park. He died from his own hand.
Andrew Koenig was never able to repeat his acting success after 'Growing Pains,' although he tried his hand at standup comedy and had worked on various film projects after the series ended.
LOS ANGLES (Catholic Online) – The actor's father, Walter Koenig, who portrayed Lieutenant Pavel Chekov in the original "Star Trek" TV series, confirmed his son's suicide at a news conference.
The 41-year-old actor was last seen Valentine's Day after he left the Vancouver apartment of a friend he had been visiting. His father, in Los Angeles, had received a despondent letter from his son.
Koenig's body was found after a sweep of Stanley Park. The actor had suffered from clinical depression over the past several years.
Koenig was never able to repeat his acting success after "Growing Pains," although he tried his hand at standup comedy and had worked on various film projects after the series ended. Koenig also was active in social causes and was arrested in 2008 for protesting U.S. involvement in the Beijing Olympics.
Koenig's father is asking all those who suffer from clinical depression to seek help.
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