Well, the terribly sad news is official - Andrew Koenig, missing in Vancouver this week, did in fact commit suicide, his parents have confirmed. As you've probably read elsewhere, his body was found yesterday in a park in the city.

  Andrew was "Boner" - Mike Seaver's (Kirk Cameron) pal in "Growing Pains," and I've posted the readily available clip on Youtube that gives you a sense of who he was on the show, etc.  "GP" - known to all unless you happen to be a very very young reader - was just a huge hit in the mid-'80s, and one of the last of the uber-wholesome family sitcoms (best exemplified by the twin giants of happy family sitcoms "Father Knows Best" and "The Cosby Show") that would shortly be inverted by "Roseanne."  It's been repeated on Disney Channel ... and probably elsewhere.

 Koenig - son of Walter, who as Trekkies know was Chekov - didn't really do much TV after this ended, and never even returned to the obligatory reunion movies. Perhaps Neal Marlens - who created "GP" and concurrent "The Wonder Years" with his wife and writing partner Carol Black - will release a statement today at some point. Will post as soon as they do...

 

 

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