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Posted on 02/25/2010 5:51:30 PM PST by KevinDavis
(CNN) -- Actor Andrew Koenig, who had been missing since February 14, committed suicide, his father told reporters after his son's body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"My son took his own life," Walter Koenig said at a news conference in the park.
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That was Boner! I loved Boner......dang.
Another Former Child Actor says goodbye.
For those familiar with fanfilms, he was also the Joker in Batman: Dead End. Very sad to hear of his passing.
Sad to hear of this loss for the Koenig family. He never got an iconic role like his father’s role on Star Trek.
Kirk Cameron asked him to call him. Must have been too late.
What a horrible thing to do to your parents, God bless them all.
From the article, interesting and sad:
Koenig was an activist interested in many causes, his father’s Web site says. He was arrested at the Rose Bowl in 2008 while protesting U.S. involvement in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China. He opposed U.S. participation because of China’s support for a repressive regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, the Web site says.
So sad. :( Prayers for the family.
Not such a great thing to do to yourself. Just sad all around.
Never watched the show he was in but saw Walter Koenig in person at a Sci Fi Convention in Phx AZ about 10 years ago. The father was small. Too bad about the son.
Suicide Prevention specialists will tell you that selling that some of your prized possessions is an indication that suicide might happen.
So sad for his parents and loved ones. What a selfish choice.
You're exactly right. With all of the suicides lately in the military, we have to go through suicide awareness classes about once every two months and this is listed as a warning sign to report to any Chaplain, mental health professional, chain-of-command member, or MP/firefighter. But it's not so much selling prized possessions as much as a sudden happy attitude while GIVING away your prized possessions.
Sad for his family.
He didn’t do it to his parents. Saying something like they suggests his parents might have had some control over the outcome of his life. He thought the hole he was in was too deep to get out of.
He has his father’s eyes. So sad to hear about this, I really thought he was going to be found jaunting around Vancouver.
He is was a guest actor in ST DS:9 Season 2 episode 10 Sanctuary. I own the entire series on DVD and am going to play it now.
Love this picture. A beautiful face. . .but apparently, too much sadness to bear. Am so sorry to hear this; but at least they found him.
Son Of Chekov
The episode is about a species of people who find their way into the worm whole and to Federation space from the Changlings.
There are 3 mil of them and they want to immigrate to Bajor.
Prayers for the family.
i’m no pro but Bajor is Vancouver spooky
I remember it. The Bajorans kind of had a point about not wanting to absorb that many people when they were just getting on their feet themselves.
Well the episode showed in 1993. DS: 9 was RDM’s baby. Ronald D Moore of BSG and Caprica. I just read an article that Andrew lived in Vancouver from 1989-1992; one year before the episode in ST DS: 9.
Depression does kill. What a sad development.
Very sad — praying for the family.
I always thought of it as Ira Steven Behr’s baby. RDM brought an interesting perspective. He said that there were diverse views behind the scenes—it wasn’t an atheistic, socialistic monolith that the Roddenberry worldview suggested. That could be seen in his episode where Jake and Nog learned about capitalism while trying to get a gift for Jake’s dad.
Never saw Caprica. Very much disliked BSG.
As for Andrew, I only knew him from Growing Pains. It was one of the few shows I watched growing up and he was a favorite. I don’t consider him selfish or a coward. It’s very hard to understand how dark a place he was in, but easy to imagine how it would seem there were few options open to him.
My first occurance was in the 70's. The thing that surprised me was my doctor in talking to me ask if it was possible someone on campus could have put something in my coffee..I had very atypical symptoms.....
Who knows, it was the early 70's and lots of people were doing drugs, (not me) the thought that someone could have put something in my drink on campus was not anything I could think of someone doing..
Now adays its done lots, No one can really understands depression unless they have been in that deep hole without a light. Talking to someone that has been there and overcomes it is the person best to talk to...
If you have been there, they know you won't be judging them when they talk about it..(not saying someone would be judging, but depression puts one in a very fragile state of mind) They can continue their fight knowing that there is possibly hope there is an end to their blackness)
You are right, he did not do this to his parents...he did it to end his pain...
Kevin, please add me to the sci-fi ping list
Jane Valez Mitchell claimed on her show, Issues, that she was his friend and that they shared animal rights, environmentalism and other liberal views. Can't help but believe that his whacko-lib extremist views contributed greatly to his depression. It's hard to stay balanced when you stay mad at the world!
So sad. RIP Andrew.
****It’s hard to stay balanced when you stay mad at the world!****
Seemingly, in a World governed by those he supported - only to find out they are abusive, tyrannical Marxists. Wonder if he left a suicide note?
But I liked Walter Koenig better as Psi Cop Alfred Bester on Babylon 5 - more mature. And the character is quite more complicated.
This is so sad. :*( I never made the connection between Andrew and Walter Koenig—I met Walter several times over the years at Star Trek conventions and he was always a fan favorite, taking his time to visit with fans, signing autographs, always a big smile—a lovely man.
I’m so sorry for his loss. Prayers going up for him and his family.
“No one can really understands depression unless they have been in that deep hole without a light.”
Thank you! Glad to see someone who understands.
I think you've nailed an important aspect of RDM that very few people can or are willing to grasp. He did some outstanding work on DS-9, but it was under supervision by others who had a more coherent and disciplined vision of the subject.
However, when he was finally put in complete charge of a series his erratic, impulsive and narcissistic tendencies were no longer restrained and we got "stuff" like BSG and Caprica. Both series do show moments of inspired brilliance but it is more than negated by their extreme oscillations of incoherent, silly plotlines and contrived, forced emotional melodrama.
You and I are iconoclasts! I usually hear how utterly brilliant BSG is. I watched it from beginning to end, but I wondered why I was even in the audience from season three on.