Former Growing Pains star Alan Thicke died Tuesday afternoon, Thicke’s rep has confirmed to E! News. He was 69.
According to TMZ, Thicke collapsed after suffering a heart attack while warming to play ice hockey with his son Carter. Thicke was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California where he was later pronounced dead.
Rink manager Kyle Stavert described Thicke as alert. “He definitely had some color to him, or not a whole lot of color,” he told KTLA-TV. “But he was talking. He was alert. He even at one point made a crack to his son to take a picture of him on the stretcher, so he seemed to be in good spirits when he left.”
Many fell in love with Growing Pains in the 80s and Alan Thicke was a large part of the show’s success, playing the role of the reasonable and handsome patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver. The show ran for seven successful seasons on ABC, ending its run in 1992. Thicke had continued to work steadily after Growing Pains and up until his death.
Thicke’s last tweet was about season two of “Fuller House.”
“Alan was healthy and his heart attack was a complete shock,” a source shared with E! News. “Robin is devastated and surrounded by loved ones.”
Thicke’s son Carter posted a touching tribute on Instagram.
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Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest. I have never known a more kind, loving, hairy, and generous person in my life and I am forever grateful for the light that this man brought to my life and so many others. You will be missed every second of every day. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.
Robin Thicke also reacted to his father’s passing on social media.
Thicke is survived by his wife Tanya Thicke and his three children: Carter, Brennan and singer Robin Thicke.
We at HB send our sincere condolences to Alan Thicke’s family.