Actor confirms his son committed suicide
VANCOUVER (CP) — The actor famous for playing the stoic Russian navigator in the original Star Trek struggled Thursday to keep his voice steady as he announced his son’s body had been found in a park, dead from an apparent suicide.
Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov in the 1960s cult hit, said he has received hundreds of emails since he and his wife held a news conference the day before to ask for help in finding their son, a man they said struggled with depression his whole life and who had been missing since Feb. 14.
Andrew Koenig, 41, was best known for his role as Richard (Boner) Stabone in the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains. His parents said Wednesday he had been off his medication when he vanished during a visit to Vancouver, a city he came to love after shooting a television episode here years ago.
He lived in Vancouver for three years and during that time, had little contact with his parents.
Koenig was supposed to be back in Los Angeles Feb. 16, but never showed up.
His parents begged for their privacy Thursday, but Walter Koenig made it clear the emails he’s received from people who have lost loved ones to suicide and from others who say they’ve considered it have impacted him. He spoke emotionally to those people. “Before you make that final, final decision, check it out again. Talk to somebody. And for families who have somebody who they fear are susceptible to this kind of behaviour, don’t ignore it, don’t rationalize it. Extend a hand.”
Andrew Koenig’s other television credits include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, G.I. Joe and My Two Dads, and he appeared in several movies.
Walter Koenig, who played Chekov on the original and his wife Judith address a news conference in Vancouver, earlier this week. Andrew Koenig’s body was found Thursday in Stanley Park.