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A missing persons poster for actor Andrew Koenig is seen near the Olympic Cauldron on Wednesday in Vancouver, Canada. Koenig who was best known for his role on the TV show "Growing Pains" was last seen in Vancouver on February 14.
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updated 2/25/2010 8:45:45 PM ET 2010-02-26T01:45:45

The body of actor Andrew Koenig, 41, was found in Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, his father, Walter Koenig, said.

Walter Koenig, best known for playing Pavel Chekov on the original "Star Trek" television series, said his son took his own life. Walter Koenig was with the group who discovered his son's body.

"Andrew had some very close friends here in Vancouver, he really felt this was home," Walter Koenig said at a Vancouver Police press conference. "Ten of them decided today (to make) yet another sweep of Stanley Park and invited me to join them."

"We have already said what a great guy he was and a good human being," Walter Koenig said. "He was obviously in a lot of pain."

Koenig urged others who may have suicidal thoughts to seek help before making "that final decision," and encouraged families who might have vulnerable members to "extend a hand" rather than ignoring or rationalizing the situation.

Walter Koenig said his son stopped taking antidepressant medication about a year ago.

Jana McGuinness, a Vancouver police department spokesperson, said Koenig's body was found off a bridle path in a densely wooded area, where it could not be seen from the path. McGuinness would not confirm the cause of death except to say foul play was not suspected and weapons were not involved.

Koenig, of Venice, Calif., had been visiting friends when he went missing Feb. 14. His disappearance caused friends — including actress Alyssa Milano, actor Kirk Cameron and comedian Sara Silverman — to post comments online or put out statements seeking information on his whereabouts. In the 1980s, he had a recurring role as Boner on the sitcom "Growing Pains." 

Vancouver police Constable Tim Fanning said that Koenig loved Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre, thickly forested location, which had been searched thoroughly before Thursday's discovery.

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