Kirk Cameron, Andrew Koenig, Growing Pains


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Andrew Koenig's former Growing Pains costar Kirk Cameron was one of the first celebrities to speak out when the actor went missing; it's only fitting that he's done the same in the wake of his tragic death.

"It is with great sorrow to hear about the final outcome of the search for my old friend Andrew," he said in a statement. "I hope everyone will be sensitive to the Koenigs and give the family some private time to reflect and to grieve the loss of their beloved son.

"At a time like this, we all are reminded of the briefness of life and the importance of being ready for our eternal destination. My prayers will continue to be with Andrew's family."

But he wasn't the only Growing Pains alum to offer condolences.

"My family and I are truly heartbroken to hear of the tragic end of this situation," Jeremy Miller, who played Ben, said in a statement. "Our condolences go out to his family. The pain they must be feeling is incomprehensible. They are in our thoughts and prayers."

Tracey Gold also released a statement today in response to Koenig's death.

"Today is a sad day. My heart is broken for Andrew's family. I have such great memories of Andrew and our time together on Growing Pains," she said.

As for Koenig's family members, they too are struggling with their loss. Andrew's brother-in-law, comedian and Never Not Funny podcaster Jimmy Pardo, has canceled his next three standup shows and issued the following statement:

"The Andrew we will remember and celebrate is the Andrew we saw every week at the studio: the kind and caring vegan, the videographic wizard, and most of all, the gifted performer with a passion for comedy who laughed at us and made us laugh. We will miss him always."

Meanwhile, the B.C. Coroners Service has begun an investigation into Koenig's apparent suicide—standard operating procedure in the wake of "any unnatural, sudden, unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths."

Koenig's father Walter today said his son was "a man who cared deeply about others, and who acted on his conscience...working on a grass roots level to help those in need."

In keeping with his spirit, the family is asking that donations be made in Andrew's memory to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

—Additional reporting by Lindsay Miller

(Originally published on Feb. 26, 2010, at 11:23 a.m. PT)


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