Walter Koenig, of Star Trek and Babylon 5 fame, has done something no parents wants to do. He found the body of his son, actor Andrew Koenig, 41, dead in Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday.
Walter Koenig was with the group who found his Andrew's body. Walter Koenig, perhaps best knowns for playing Pavel Chekov on the original "Star Trek" television series and follow-up movies, said his son took his own life.
Previously, both Walter Koenig and his daughter Danielle previously said that Andrew Koenig had been depressed of late. He had been depressed over the lack of opportunities in his acting career. Andrew Koenig had been a child star, portraying "Boner" on the 80s series "Growing Pains."
At a press conference in Vancouver, Walter Koenig said, "Andrew had some very close friends here in Vancouver, he really felt this was home. Ten of them decided today (to make) yet another sweep of Stanley Park and invited me to join them.
"We have already said what a great guy he was and a good human being. He was obviously in a lot of pain."
Additionally, Koenig said his son had stopped taking antidepressants about a year ago. Andrew Koenig had been travelling in Canada, and had been last seen on February 14th. He missed his return flight, however, which alarmed his parents.
Unknown to his parents, though, prior to his trip, Andrew Koenig had sold or given away most of his possessions and moved out of his Venice, CA apartment. Dr. Dominika Osmolska, PsyD, said "That is a classic suicidal sign. Classic. It's the one we psychologists are really trained to watch for."