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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Andrew Koenig's Suicide Mirrors Movie He Worked On, Says Friend

Feb. 26 2010, Published 8:55 a.m. ET

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Former Growing Pains star Andrew Koenig’s suicide mirrors the death of a character in a film he helped edit, his friend Lance Miccio told in an exclusive interview.

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"I told you we did that Living the Blues film. And it’s been like my own personal nightmare," Miccio, who directed the film, said. "Knowing that we made this film and I’m watching the scenario of it play out in front of me."

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The film about the band Canned Heat focuses on how shattered the group was when they learned about the suicide of Alan Wilson on a hillside behind fellow member Bob Hite's home in Topanga Canyon. Wilson had always suffered from depression and his band mates knew him as a sensitive man who had a passion for nature. Wilson was 27 when he passed away from a barbiturate overdose on September 3, 1970.

On Thursday, Koenig's body was found in Vancouver's Stanley Park after weeks of searching since his disappearance on February 14. Hours after his body was found, his father Walter confirmed that Andrew had committed suicide.

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Andrew had a history of depression and his sister confirmed to that she had learned from a friend of her brother's that he had stopped taking his medication recently.

"Allen Wilson, who the film was about, shared a lot of Andrew’s character traits, tendencies, maybe genetic makeup," Miccio continued. "So when this happened, you know the first thing I thought of was this film we did together and the situation being the same scenario."

Despite any warning signs, Miccio is still reeling from the tragic turn of events. "It’s devastating," he said. "It’s devastating. I’m in shock still.”



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