Former Growing Pains stars Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold have expressed their “great sorrow” over the death of their former castmate, Andrew Koenig.
Andrew, who played Mike Seaver’s (Kirk Cameron) best friend Richard “Boner” Stabone on the sitcom between 1985-1989, was found dead in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on Thursday. He had been missing since Feb. 14, after moving out of his Venice, California apartment and visiting a friend in Toronto. Police confirmed the news at a press conference, where Andrew’s father, Walter Koenig, told reporters that his son had committed suicide.
“It is with great sorrow to hear about the final outcome of the search for my old friend Andrew,” Cameron said in a statement issued Friday. “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.”
Gold also issued a sympathy statement after receiving news of Koenig’s death.
“Today is a sad day,” Tracey told UsMagazine.com. “My heart is broken for Andrew’s family. I have such great memories of Andrew and our time together on ‘Growing Pains.’”