Ac­tor con­firms his son com­mit­ted sui­cide

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

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.

The Cana­dian Press

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.

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