A number of factors contribute to today’s problems faced by suicidal children of celebrities.
The recent and tragic suicides of Marie Osmond‘s son Michael Blosil and former Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig have us here at HollywoodLife.com wondering why children of celebrities appear to be especially prone to depression, and eventual suicide. We reached out to LA psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman, who confirms celebrity children are more likely to endure these experiences for several reasons. “Celebrity parents are usually self-absorbed, focusing more on themselves and their career than their children,” Dr. Lieberman tells us. “This lack of attention and nurturance can cause depression.” Read more
This is a tragic turn of events for the Growing Pains actor.
UPDATE: Andrew Koenig’s father, Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, made a brief statement Feb. 25 about his late son, TMZ is reporting. He confirmed that Andrew committed suicide, and he urged anyone suffering from depression to seek help now before it’s too late. “What you can learn from this … is that there are people out there who really, really care,” Walter said. “Before you make that final decision … talk to somebody.”
Andrew had been missing since Feb. 14, and earlier this week Walter said his son was suffering from depression. Fellow child star, Full House‘s Candace Cameron, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively Feb. 24 that the situation was “heartbreaking.” “My heart goes out to him,” she told us. “It goes out to his family.” Read more
Can you imagine how worried you’d be if a long-time pal went missing for weeks on end?
Now that 41-year-old Andrew Koenig has been missing since Feb. 14, his old friend, former Full House star Candace Cameron-Bure confided to HollywoodLife.com she’s deeply worried about his safety.
“We will pray that they find him and that he’s safe,” Candace — who became close to Andrew when he worked with her brother, Kirk Cameron, on the 90’s sitcom Growing Pains — told HollywoodLife.com exclusively at the Movieguide Awards Feb. 23 in Los Angeles.
Now that actor Andrew has been missing for more than a week, his father, Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, has finally come forward to say his son was in a bad emotional state right before his disappearance
Andrew Koenig starred on the 90s sitcom Growing Pains as Mike Seaver‘s (Kirk Cameron) rowdy best friend, Richard “Boner” Stabone, but the actor, now 41, had been battling depression before disappearing on Valentine’s Day, his dad says.
Watch Andrew in ‘Growing Pains’ here…
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