‘Growing Pains’ TV Sitcom Actor Andrew Koenig Is Dead – Suicide At Age 41

Update 2.27.2010

Earlier this week on the web…

‘Where is Andrew Koenig?

Anyone with knowledge of Koenig’s whereabouts is being asked to contact Det. Raymond Payette of the Vancouver PD at 604-717-2534.

'Growing Pains' Actor Andrew Koenig Goes MissingPolice and worried loved ones are searching for actor Andrew Koenig, best known for playing “Boner” on ‘Growing Pains,’ who went missing in Vancouver a week ago.

Koenig, 42, was last seen on Feb. 14 and missed his flight out of the Olympic host city two days later, according to a statement from TV host Dave Holmes on MaximumFun.org. Authorities are searching for the actor, who has recently been working as a camera operator on the comedy podcast, ‘Never Not Funny.’

Andrew’s father is Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the ‘Star Trek‘ series and films. The elder Koenig told PEOPLE he received a note from Andrew on February 16, but it did nothing to alleviate his concerns.

“He sounded despondent,” said Walter. “Nobody has seen this [note] but my wife and I.”

According to TMZ, Walter and Andrew’s mother Judy described their son as “suffering from depression” and “not doing good” in the days before he disappeared. Regarding the depression that may have prompted his son’s disappearance, Walter told PEOPLE, “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.”

“He went to visit some friends in Toronto and after there, he went to Vancouver,” explained his father. “It’s a place where he felt very comfortable. He lived there for a few years.”

While in Vancouver, he was staying with burlesque artist Jenny Magenta, who took to Facebook on Friday to ask for help in finding Koenig. Numerous celebrity friends have used social media to aid the search, including Sarah Silverman, Alyssa Milano and Felica Day. Comedian Joel McHale wrote, “No joke, here. Soup family friend Andrew Koenig missing in Vancouver.”

One-time colleague Lance Miccio told TMZ he contacted Koenig about a possible project two weeks ago but Koening announced that he was “not going to work anymore.”

Andrew’s most recent role was 2008’s ‘InAlienable,’ written and directed by his dad. For four years, Koenig played Mike Seaver’s affable best friend Richard “Boner” Stabone on ‘Growing Pains.’ He was written off the show in 1989 when “Boner” signed up for the Marine Corps. Watch a clip from that episode:

Kirk Cameron: “I’m Praying for Missing Co-star Andrew Koenig”
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