EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Friend Of Missing Growing Pains Actor: He’s Dealt With Depression His Whole Life

Feb. 23 2010, Published 1:57 p.m. ET

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As Star Trek star Walter Koenig and his wife arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia Tuesday to search for their missing son Andrew, many friends of the missing Growing Pains actor are stunned by his disappearance, even though they acknowledge he has suffered from depression for many years.

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Jennifer Copping, a close friend for over 20 years, who spent time with Koenig just four days before he suddenly disappeared, tells that she saw no warning signs of what was about to transpire, “Andrew and I have been friends for over 20 years and he has dealt with depression on and off his whole life.  I have been with him during difficult times but on this visit he seemed pretty even keiled.

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“He was really celebrating being with us, it was just so nice to be together. Although he has always suffered from depression on a sale from 1 to 10 he wasn’t a 1 and he wasn’t a 10. He really seemed somewhere in the middle, he seemed o.k.

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“It came as a complete shock to me that he is missing.”

Another friend of Koenig’s shares with that she was surprised by his planned brief trip to Vancouver, before going on to say that he is greatly loved by a wide circle of people and that they are doing all that is possible to find him.

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Margaret Langrit tells, “We’ve been friends for over 20 years but I have not seen him for almost a year.  He sent me a Facebook message on February 10th and it said,  ‘I am in Vancouver for only a couple of days.’

“I was just so surprised that he would come here for such a short time that didn’t seem to make sense.

“He lived in Vancouver in the late 80’s early 90’s made a lot of friends here.  He is widely known and loved by all his friends. He was always strongly connected.

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“I think that he came up here because it is his favorite place on earth.

“He has a group of friends actively looking for him, we are doing everything.”

As previously reported Koenig’s parents are flying to Vancouver to help in the search for their missing son. Meanwhile friends of Koenig’s have been taking to the web, via Facebook and Twitter, in their bid to help find the troubled actor.

In some good news, exclusively reported Monday night that Vancouver police believe Koenig to still be alive and that he is just “laying low” in the Vancouver area.


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