The missing “Growing Pains” star has been found dead. Andrew Koenig 42, who has been missing for over a week was found dead on Thursday from an apparent suicide. Andrew Koenig’s body was found in Stanley Park in Vancouver by a search party made up of his parent’s friends.
Walter and Judy Koenig had flown from their home in LA to Vancouver to help in the search for their son, Andrew Koenig. Vancouver was the last place Andrew had been seen. Stanley Park had already been searched by the police, who did not find Andrew’s body. The police had discontinued their search of the park.
While searching one area of the park today, Walter Koenig got a call from a friend, who was searching another area of the park, to say they had found Andrew. Not long after receiving the grim and devastating news, Walter Koenig held a press conference to tell people Andrew was found dead and that he had taken his own life.
Even through all his overwhelming grief he made a plea to people suffering from depression to tell someone and get help. He did not want to see another family member go through what his family had.
Water Koenig’s Press Conference Announcing His Son, Andrew’s Koenig’s Death
In the last month, Andrew Koenig displayed textbook behavior of someone who was planning to commit suicide. Although this could not be pieced together until after he went missing when people who knew him started to compare notes. Everyone saw a piece of the puzzle, but it wasn’t until Andrew had gone missing that the information all fell into place and became a huge red flag that this man was going to kill himself.
Andrew had suffered from “severe depression” according to his parents, family, and friends. He was on medication for depression but had stopped taking it. Andrew gave his landlord 30 days notice that he was leaving his apartment and then sold or gave away all his possessions. He had dropped borrowed belongings off to friends at times that they were not usually at home. He left them on the doorsteps.
Andrew was offered a job from a friend, one that he would usually have jumped at, but refused. Andrew was not future oriented, he was making arrangements for his own death by getting rid of his belongings. This was a considerate thing that he had done, he left it so his family members did not have to do this.
Andrew Koenig is gone, he was a victim of an unforgiving mental illness, depression. When someone is in the grips of depression, they see no way out, or relief from the emotional pain. Andrew could not see his way out from the pain. From all reports, he was loved by many, both family and friends and our hearts go out to them.