Sad news for the pop culture fans out there.Â Actor Andrew Koenig, who had missing since February 14, 2010, was found dead in Vancouver, British Columbia.Â Koenig had been diagnosed with depression, and had stopped taking his medication, according to CNN. The family stated that the actor took his own life.Â He was 41 years old.
Koening is best known as Boner from the 1980s television series Growing Pains, but had also appeared in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, following in his father’s footsteps as a Star Trek actor.Â For those who have seen the fan film, Batman: Dead End, Andrew Koenig made an appearance as the twisted Joker, who was offed by one of the Aliens.
Walter Koenig, Andrew’s father, and Star Trek’s Pavel Chekov, asked that anyone who is contemplating suicide talk with someone before committing the final act.
“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care,” he said. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”
Sad news indeed, and I would echo the elder Koenig in regards to contacting a help line or a friend if you are going through a dark time.