The body of missing "Growing Pains" star Andrew Koenig was found by a search party of friends shortly before noon Thursday in Vancouver's Stanley Park. "My son took his own life," said his father in an emotional news conference in the park, during which he urged others suffering from depression to get help. "If you can't handle it anymore, you know, if you could learn anything from this, is that there are people out there who really care," said Walter Koenig, who was searching for his son in Vancouver along with his wife, Andrew's mother, Judy Levitt Koenig, left. Andrew Koenig, 41, had been clinically depressed and vacated his apartment and sold or gave away his possessions before leaving for what his parents thought was just a short visit to Vancouver. Police had searched the area where the body was found since Koenig was reported missing Feb. 16, but failed to see it in the heavily wooded site.
Before their son's body was found, Koenig's parents explained why they abruptly canceled their appearance on the Larry King show Wednesday night. They backed out after King delayed their planned live appearance on his show by 25 minutes so he could focus on the SeaWorld whale attack. The Koenigs had been waiting in their Vancouver hotel room to be interviewed from 6:30 p.m. Pacific time to 6:55 p.m., when they stood up and asked the producer and cameraman to leave. Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov on the Star Trek TV series, told TMZ that he and his wife felt the show no longer had "enough time to do credit to what we had to say."
Brittany Murphy's December death was partly caused by "multiple drug intoxication," but until this week nobody knew what the drugs were. The medications found in the bloodstream of the 32-year-old actress included components of Vicodan and antidepressants, along with various prescriptions used to treat respiratory problems. The report also cited "her weakened state" as a cause of death; she also had untreated pneumonia and anemia. TMZ also lists 24 empty prescription bottles found at the scene for prevacid, clonazepam, propranolol, vicoprofen, zolpidem, carbamazepine, klonopin, Ativan, hydorocodone (Vicodin) and multiple vitamins.
Bristol Palin has won one in court. Levi Johnston, the father of their baby, has been ordered to pay $1,688.42 a month in support, retroactive to Dec. 27, 2008, the date Tripp was born. Palin was in court for the ruling but Johnston was not. Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, tells TMZ, "Bristol is pleased with the court rulings today and looks forward to resolving the remaining issues with Levi."
Octomom Nadya Suleman impressed the women of "The View" with her raucous Wicked-Witch-type laugh when she appeared on the show. In a clip, Sherri Shepherd calls the shrill shriek "maniacal" and adds, "That's a crazy laugh!" Looking a bit like an android Angelina, Suleman speed-chattered, "I don't like it, I try to suppress it -- somebody told me I need a laugh coach!" Wearing a white minidress, dark tights and go-go boots, seemed distracted and mentioned her flightiness. The audience applauded when Whoopi Goldberg asked, "Do you understand that some people think… maybe you’re not quite all there?" Suleman responded enthusiastically, "I love your question!" While she was in the big city, she also hit a few clubs in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Although she stayed out past 2 a.m., Suleman wasn't seen drinking or dancing.
Former game-show host Bob Barker has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to demand in an open letter that all SeaWorld parks be closed and that the owner build coastal refuges for the marine animals who now are displayed and perform in the parks. The former host of "The Price is Right" writes, "The death of yet another trainer at SeaWorld did not have to happen, and I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again." Barker writes, "I urge you to ... start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries..." Barker suggests that SeaWorld replace its living animals with "state of the art virtual reality exhibits, such as those used in the hugely popular 'Walking with Dinosaurs' exhibits." Also speaking up on the situation was Laz Alonzo, who posted more than 20 tweets, among them, "Set him free. ... It belongs in the wild. Killer whales should not b in captivity & jumping around 4 ur selfish enjoyment. They're called 'Killer' 4 a reason dummies."
Video clips and reviews tell one story -- that Whitney Houston is hoarse, disoriented and taking lots of breaks from singing on her Australian tour. But her publicist says she is fit and doing a great job in her packed arena shows. "Whitney is in great health and having a terrific time on her tour and with her fans," says publicist Kristen Foster. "There were over 9,000 people at her show in Brisbane, and there were over 12,000 at Acer Arena last night in Sydney. Her fans were dancing and singing along with her and Whitney appreciates their support." E!Online reports that on some songs, Houston seemed to rely on her backup singers, who include her brother Gary Houston.The Sydney Morning Herald said that while she "rocked' the crowd during the first half, the show became "bizarre and weird" and she was occasionally incoherent. The reviewer wrote, "During her acoustic and gospel songs she couldn't reach some of the higher notes."
With husband Charlie Sheen in rehab, Brooke Mueller has returned home -- but she's brought a rehab team with her. TMZ reports that therapists, coaches and other rehab staffers have moved in, bringing so much luggage that, a source says, "It looks like a circus." Charlie's mom and dad, Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton, are also said to be staying at the house and helping care for Charlie and Brooke's 10-month-old sons, Max and Bob. TMZ also says that Charlie was reported to be "calm and committed" after his first day of rehab.
Remember the clampdown on the set of "Two and a Half Men" in December after somebody reportedly threatened the life of Sheen's co-star, Jon Cryer? Court paper filed in the custody battle between Cryer and his ex-wife Sarah Trigger, seen at left with Cryer in happier days, trace the whole scare back to a threat from either Trigger or one of her ex-boyfriends. According to the documents, Trigger's lawyer reported that Trigger told her that her ex-boyfriend, Eddie Sanchez, said he was going to kill Cryer and Trigger's estranged husband, David Dickey. Trigger's lawyer warned lawyers for both Cryer and Dickey. On Jan. 10, Dickey confronted Sanchez, who "not only flatly denied making such a statement, but he said that it was [Sarah Trigger] who had contacted him on numerous occasions, stating that she wanted to see the pair [Cryer and Dickey] dead, and even asking Mr. Sanchez if he would kill the pair, or if he would not, inquiring whether she could speak with Mr. Sanchez's father about this issue." Trigger's attorney, Vicki Greene, says, "Sarah has not threatened anyone, especially Jon, and those are statements that are refuted and she has evidence to show that Mr. Sanchez has already recanted those statements to her."
Former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Mel B. could be back on the show -- to fill Samantha Harris' shoes as co-host. Mel B., who became known as "Scary Spice" of the Spice Girls, finished second in season five to Helio Castroneves. She did a screen test at the studio Wednesday, TMZ reported. Others said to be in the running for the spot are former contestants Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Osbourne, season 7 winner Brooke Burke or Vanessa Minnillo. Harris left what she caled her "dream job" to devote more time to other projects, including work on "The Insider."
-- Anne Neville
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