UPDATED: At a press conference held Thursday evening, Vancouver Police have confirmed that they have found the body Walter Koenig’s son Andrew. According to Walter Koenig, Andrew committed suicide. See below for more.
UPDATE: Koenig "My son took his own life"
At the press conference going on right now (watch live at http://live.cnn.com/) Walter Koenig confirmed that Andrew’s body was found today at noon in Stanley Park. The search was conducted by a number of Andrew’s friends, with Koenig. After one of the friends found a body, Walter came to and identified the body.
Koenig noted his son was "troubled" and then emotionally stated "My son took his own life". The Star Trek actor then said the family hopes this event will be a lesson to those who have considered suicide, to learn that "people still love you."
Constable Janna McGuinness of the Vancouver police confirmed the details of the investigation and said that the park had been searched before by the police, but it was today’s search by friends and family that discovered the body. MCGuinness also said that foul play is not being considered, but said that a cause of death will be determined by the coroner.
Judith and Walter Koenig at news conference Thursday afternoon
UPDATE 2: Trek stars pay respect via Twitter
Star Trek actors William Shatner and Wil Wheaton have expressed their condolences via Twitter:
WilW: Oh my god. I just heard that Andrew Koenig’s body has been found in Vancouver. He was only 41. My heart goes out to his family.
WilliamShatner: My deepest sympathies to Andrew Koenig’s family. I will grieve with them.
LeVarBurton: Offering prayers for Walter & Judy Koenig as well as their beloved son, Andrew….
Original story: Body found believed to be Andrew Koenig
According to the reports a body was discovered in Vancouver’s Stanley Park around noon on Thursday. Police believe the body is that of Andrew Koenig. The are of the Park was Koenig’s last known location and has been the focus of search efforts. A news conference is scheduled for 5:00 PM and Walter Koenig and his wife are expected to attend.
Andrew Koenig has been missing since February 14th after visiting friends in the Vancouver area. Walter Koenig and his wife Judith flew up to Vancouver this week to help in the search effort.
More at ctvbc.ctv.ca and vancouversun.com.
Vancouver Police van parked in the area where the body was discovered
The thoughts and prayers of all of us at TrekMovie.com are with the Koenig family today.
Please also visit walterkoenigsite.com to see their tribute to Andrew and you can also leave a message on their forum with your well-wishes for the family
Oh no. Worst possible news. Condolences to the Koenig family. We all feel their sorrow and pain.
:-( The Koenig family is in my thoughts and prayers
and there was some small hope that he was just lying low, really unfortunate. it must be horrible on walter and family
Terrible end to a very sad story. God Bless his family and friends.
Terrible news. I think we all wish nothing but love, blessings and good wishes to Walter and his family.
My condolences to walter and his family, This is terrible news. :(
Prayers and best wishes to the family at this time…
My deepest condolences are sincerely offered. May Andrew find peace at last.
It is a very sad day.
Sad News. My thoughts are with the Koening family.
To the koenig family goes my love,my prayers for the days to come. Also know that Andrew is in a happier though I know he will be missed by those who loved him.
Very very sad news. Rest in Peace. And to the Koenig family, all my hopes. The death of a son is something I would never want to have happen to anyone.
This is so tragic. My condolences to the Koenig family. :-/
According to CNN, the body found was Andrew Koenig. I’m sure we’ll find out more at the press conference.
This is indeed a sad day. My condolences go out to the entire Koenig family.
I also feel that the Vancouver Police should be commended for their diligent search and all of their efforts to find Andrew Koenig. I wish it turned out differently.
Damn! That’s sad. Sorry to hear that.
Such a sad end to this. I pray for Walter and his family.
I met him way back in 1983 during a convention in Phoenix; he was one of the most gracious, humble actors I ever met. He spent a good twenty minutes talking to me about the craft of acting… just a really nice man, and I hope he and his family can find some comfort during this ordeal.
Sadness beyond words…..my thoughts with the family and friends
Wow. All the previous reports said they thought he was just hanging out with friends…..This is shocking news. My condolences to Walter and his family.
This is so sad.
Sad news. An unfortunate ending to a tragic ordeal.
This is so very sad. My prayers are with the family and friends. r.i.p. Andrew.
Deepest condolences to the Koenigs.
Condolences to the Koenigs.
My deepest sympathies to the Koenigs.
My deepest sympathies and prayers for the Koenig family. This is just pain greater than any parent should have to bear.
So very sad. My thoughts and sympathies to Walter, Judy, and Danielle as they deal with this tragic news.
I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. My thoughts are with the Koenigs.
Deepest condolences to the Koenig family.
Just confirmed on the local news – the body found is Andrew Koenig. :( Press conference @ 6PM Pacific, by police and Andrew’s parents.
My condolences to the family.
My sincerest condolences.
Very sad news indeed.
Deepest sympathies for Walter and his family.
my heart goes out to the koenig family tonight R.I.P Andrew Koenig “live long and prosper”
My deepest sympathies to the Koenig family…
My sincere sympathies to the Koenig family.
It’s been confirmed.
Walter: “He took his own life.”
Our deepest and most respectful condolences to The Koenig family in this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Terrible news. I will keep the Koenig family in my thoughts and prayers.
I just saw the live stream on CNN about it. My condolences to the Koenigs for their loss.
My condolences to the Koenigs and my deepest sympathies. I’m in tears right now…. a tragedy…
For a child to bury a parent is sad (as I did last year)…
For a parent to bury a child, it is tragic…
A very sad day, indeed. My thoughts and prayers to the Koenigs…
My thoughts and prayers are with the Koeing family.
my condolences to the koenigs your son will be missed but never forgotten
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Koenig family. RIP Andrew.
I am sending my prayers that even though the millions of people around the world who are giving love and support to you cannot wash away pain but might you know pain is felt by us all
My thoughts and prayers to Walter and the Koenig family… this is just awful. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now.
So sorry for your loss. Be strong and be strong for each other. You know you have the love of the fans.
My sincerest condolences go out to Walter and Judy Koenig and the rest of Andrew’s family and friends.
R.I.P. Andrew Koenig