The disappearance of Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig has befuddled the Hollywood community for over a week now, but just as mysterious was his parents’ behavior on Larry King Live last night. Actor Walter Koenig and his wife Judy were set to appear on King’s show, but after arriving to the set, the abruptly left moments before the show began to tape with no explanation.
King explained to his audience on the air that “For some reason unbeknownst to anyone, Walter Koenig, the father of the missing Andrew Koenig, and Judy Levin-Koenig…left the studio in Vancouver. We checked them out, they were prepared to go on, I said ‘hello,’ they said ‘hello.’ We said we’d be on in two minutes, they said ‘fine.’ And they got up and left for reasons unknown.”
Danielle Koenig, Andrew’s sister, explained the abrupt departure today, saying the show “kept pushing the segment back and my dad was growing frustrated. When he realized there were only four and a half minutes left he didn’t feel that was enough time to do my brother justice, so he left.” The younger Koenig, last seen on February 14 in Vancouver, has been suffering from depression and friends say he had grown despondent and distant recently. In a statement released by Walter Koenig yesterday, he appealed to Andrew saying “I just want to know you’re OK. If it means you just want to stay here, that’s OK. You don’t have to come back. Just let us know that’s your intention.”
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