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Originally posted 03/04/2010 11:00AM
To the world, Andrew Koenig was an actor best known for playing Richard "Boner" Stabone in the 80s sitcom Growing Pains. But to his younger sister, Danielle, he was so much more.
"Anything he did was thoughtful, really, in his creative life and in his activism life and in the way he dealt with people," she says of her 41-year-old older brother, who, after going missing last month, was found dead in Vancouver's Stanley Park on Feb. 25 – a victim of suicide. "He wrestled with depression and so there were obviously different sides to his personality, but he was also incredibly supportive of me and he was a fantastic uncle to my son."
Originally posted 02/26/2010 11:20AM
Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron asks fans for sensitivity as he mourns the death of his late costar Andrew Koenig, whose body was found Thursday in a Vancouver park.
"It is with great sorrow to hear about the final outcome of the search for my old friend Andrew. I hope everyone will be sensitive to the Koenigs and give the family some private time to reflect and to grieve the loss of their beloved son," Cameron tells PEOPLE. "At a time like this, we all are reminded of the briefness of life and the importance of being ready for our eternal destination. My prayers will continue to be with Andrew's family." – Oliver Jones
Originally posted 02/24/2010 03:30PM
Fighting tears, Walter Koenig looked into the news cameras on Wednesday desperately hoping his missing son was watching.
"I just want to know you're okay," he said in the emotional appeal to Andrew Koenig, the Growing Pains star who disappeared earlier this month. "If it means you just want to stay here, that's okay. You don't have to come back. Just let us know that's your intention."
Walter Koenig, also an actor – he played Mr. Chekov on the original Star Trek TV show and movies – was joined by wife Judith at the televised press conference at the Vancouver Police Department.
Originally posted 02/24/2010 08:10AM
In his first network TV interview since his son Andrew Koenig's Feb. 14 disappearance, Walter Koenig appeared on Wednesday's Today show with an appeal to viewers for help in finding the former Growing Pains actor.
"It's very, very tough," said the anguished father, 73, himself best known for playing Pavel Chekov on Star Trek. Describing Andrew's state of mind at the time he vanished, Walter Koenig said, "He was very depressed … about his life."
Originally posted 02/23/2010 02:10PM
Vancouver police continue to work the case of missing actor Andrew Koenig and are holding out hope he will be found safe – but said there's been no activity on Koenig's cell phone or bank account since he was last seen in south Vancouver on Feb. 16.
"Police are still hopeful that Andrew will be found alive," the Vancouver Police Department said in a media release on Tuesday.
On Monday, the VPD said it had received "a substantial amount of tips and information" in the case, and that various "investigative avenues are being checked and re-checked."
Originally posted 02/22/2010 06:30PM
It's been a long time since they acted together on the set of Growing Pains, but Kirk Cameron has never forgotten costar Andrew Koenig – and now desperately worries about him after he went missing amid signs he was depressed.
"I am praying for his family during this time of distress and for his safe return," Cameron says in a statement. "Andrew, if you’re reading this, please call me."
Koenig, 41, who starred as Boner on the show, never returned to his Los Angeles home as scheduled on Feb. 14 after a trip to Canada. His father described him as sounding "despondent" the last time they spoke.
Originally posted 02/21/2010 06:00PM
On Feb. 16, Walter Koenig received a note from his son Andrew, which caused his father to grow concerned about his whereabouts.
"He sounded despondent," says Walter, who spoke to PEOPLE from his Los Angeles home. "Nobody has seen this [note] but my wife and I."
Andrew Koenig, 41, who starred as Boner on the late 80s sitcom Growing Pains, was set to arrive in Los Angeles on Feb. 14 after a trip to Canada, according to the Vancouver Police Department.
"He went to visit some friends in Toronto and after there, he went to Vancouver," says his father. "It’s a place where he felt very comfortable. He lived there for a few years."
Andrew still hasn’t returned to his Venice, Calif., residence. His father says there wasn’t a specific situation that would’ve prompted his disappearance.
"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," says Walter, who added that drugs were not an issue.
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