I think we all need to take a moment away from the Trolling and Bickering and pay respect to one of Star Trek's most beloved characters Walter Koenig aka Chekov, and give him some support in his time of need.
The body of Growing Pains star Andrew Koenig, who had been missing for nearly two weeks, was discovered in a Vancouver park Thursday. He committed suicide, his father said.
Growing Pains star goes missing
Koenig's body was found in Stanley Park about noon, Vancouver police said. Friends of Koenig initiated their own search of the park and invited his father, Star Trek alumnus Walter Koenig, along. His body was found in a densely wooded area where it initially was unseen from the path.
Search and rescue teams had scoured the park Wednesday and found no evidence that Koenig had been there recently. The park was known to be one of the actor's favorite spots when he lived in the city in the early '90s.
"My son took his own life," Walter Koenig said, trying to keep his composure at a news conference Thursday night. "The only other thing I want to say — I've already said what a great guy he was, and good human being — he was obviously in a lot of pain."
The Vancouver police would not give details on cause of death but "have no reason to believe that foul play was involved at all," Constable Jana McGuinness said. The case has been turned over to the British Colombia coroner's office.
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Koenig's father went on to mention "hundreds of e-mails" he had received from depressed people and their loved ones and express hope this tragedy would help them.
"If you're one of those people who ... can't handle it anymore," he said, breaking down in tears, "if you can learn anything from this is that there are people out there that really care. You may not think so, and ... ultimately, it may not be enough. But there are people who really, really care. And before you make that final decision, check it out again. Talk to somebody. And to 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."
Koenig's mother, Judy Levin-Koenig , echoed those sentiments: "There is love out there."
The 41-year-old Venice, Calif., resident was last seen by friends Feb. 14 during a visit to Vancouver. Friends and family reported him missing Feb. 16, when he did not return to Los Angeles as scheduled.
God bless to Walter and his family. STO is an escape for us, but sadly, many people cannot find that solace in any form.
As a community I believe we should take a moment of silence to remember that no matter how vast our universe is; there is only one true place that mankind/womankind goes where we have never, nor can never venture until we are called home.