Andrew Koenig, 1968 – 2010

Missing actor Andrew Koenig has been found dead.  He committed suicide this month in Vancouver, British Columbia after a long battle with depression.

Best known as “Boner” in the 1980’s sitcom “Growing Pains,” he has been as a funny, passionate and multi-talented young man.  Andrew’s TV roles consisted of NonSeNse, InAlienable, The Theory of Everything, Batman: Dead End, and on TV in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “G.I. Joe”, “My Two Dads”, “21 Jump Street”, “My Sister Sam”, and “Adam-12”. He edited over a dozen films and directed, produced, and wrote many others.

A committed activist his whole life, Andrew was best known to those who knew and loved him as a compassionate and ethical man who lived according to his conscience.

Andrew’s disappearance caused a worldwide campaign of support and search efforts by those who were lucky to be his friends and by those whose lives he touched. 

Andrew died in his favorite city, filled with friends, in a park he loved.

It is the hope of this blog post that others see the signs of depression and do something about it.  As Andrew’s dad said today in the press conference regarding his son’s body being discovered, “My son took his own life.  If your one of those people who feel they can’t handle it any more, if you can learn anything from this: it’s that there are people out there who really care. You might not think so…but there are people who really, really care. And before you take that final decision, check it out again…talk to somebody. And for those families who have members who they fear are susceptible to this kind of behavior, don’t ignore it, don’t rationalize it. Extend a hand.”

On behalf of everyone involved with Starship Farragut, our thoughts and prayers are with the Koenig family and Andrew’s friends during this difficult time.


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3 Responses to “Andrew Koenig, 1968 – 2010”

  1. Losira Says:

    Depression is far more widespread then many want to believe.especialy in this day and time.I’ve seen it first hand. We must take closer looks at people and look for danger signs.withdrawl from people and activities they onced loved. Talk of a crumby existence,wishing to end it all keep an eye on those who have had a lot of troubles and seemed overwelmed @ trapped. Those are some signs. If someone needs to talk make the time to listen and confort. A hug and a care can save a life.
    Again to the Koenig family my self and my family offer prayers and deepest sympathy of course love. Know that Andrew is in a wonderful place.

  2. Chris Dalton Says:

    Having been a survivor of clinical depression and a nervous breakdown, I know what Walter, Judy, and Danielle are going through. It is the most unpleasant and uncomfortable experience anyone can go through. My late father(a Vietnam veteran)also battled with such a deadly force, and it was not easy.

    Walter, Judy, and Danielle, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this dark time. May God be with you and guide you through this tragedy.

    “The Akira believe that no form ends until all the lives that it has touched has
    ended. Until all the good that it has done is gone. They are now a part of Akir, and they will always be with us.”

    – Shad of the Akira, Battle Beyond The Stars

  3. Randy Hall Says:

    Suicide is always a tragic thing, especially from the young. THey don’t know that bad times will pass. The saddest part of all this is that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

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