Actor Andrew Koenig — best known for his role as Kirk Cameron's pal Boner on the '80s sitcom Growing Pains — was found dead Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.
At a press conference attended by Koenig's family Thursday evening, police said the actor's body was discovered "in a densely wood area … unseen from the path" by "family and friends who initiated their own private search." (His father, Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, was among the people who joined in on the search.)
Foul play is not suspected.
"My son took his own life," his father Walter told reporters, adding that his son had been battling depression.
"Don't ignore it; don't rationalize it," he said in regards to depression. "Extend a hand."
The 41-year-old actor had been missing since Feb. 16.
After visiting pals in Vancouver, he never boarded his flight back to Los Angeles. (Prior to his trip, he reportedly had moved out of his Venice, Calif., apartment of nine years and sold a number of his belongings.)
His parents phoned police after receiving a disturbing letter from their son.
In an interview with UsMagazine.com earlier this week, his father Walter refused to discuss details on the note. But he revealed that his son was not taking medication for depression.
Asked how his son was coping with depression, Walter told Us, "That is what we are trying to find out … In his point of view, things were not going well."
Burlesque artist Jenny Magenta — the last person to see Koenig alive — told Us he "looked healthy" when he arrived in Vancouver Feb. 11 to visit her. "We were talking about old times and friends." But she told Us he soon began acting "out of character," insisting on paying her for allowing him to stay at her apartment.
"Think about it — a friend who you've known for years comes to visit you and they're wanting to pay you rent?" she told Us. "That's just weird."
When she woke up Feb. 14, Magenta tells Us Koenig was missing.
"No parent should have to deal with anytime like this," Koenig's father Walter told Us in an interview earlier this week.
He described his son as "a good human being who has "an awful lot left to contribute in this world."
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