Report: Andrew Koenig Hanged Himself in Vancouver Park

Celebrity News Feb. 27, 2010 AT 12:52PM
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Growing Pains star Andrew Koenig committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Vancouver's Stanley Park, a source "close to the investigation" tells E! News.

As previously reported, the 41-year-old actor's body was found late Thursday "in a densely wooded area...unseen from the path" by a search party made up of "family and friends." His father, Walter Koenig conceded in a press conference that "my son took his own life."

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The insider tells E! News that Koenig's body was found hanging from a tree in the secluded area. "Andrew didn't want to be found," the source notes.

Plans for a funeral or memorial service have not yet been announced.

"No parent should have to deal with anytime like this," Walter Koenig told Us in an interview earlier this week. The actor had been missing since Feb. 16.

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Walter Koenig described his son as "a good human being who has "an awful lot left to contribute in this world."

In a press conference following the confirmation of his son's death, the grieving father urged people to be vigilant about the signs of depression in loved ones. "Don't ignore it; don't rationalize it...extend a hand."

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Walter and his wife Judith asked fans to honor their son's memory by donating to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline or the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

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