Canadian actor Alan Thicke passes away at age 69

Growing Pains star Alan Thicke has passed away at age 69. His son Robin Thicke confirmed the sad news, and described his father as "the greatest man I ever met". The singer told the LA Times that Alan has tragically suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his teenage son Carter, and that one of the last things he had said was a compliment to Carter on a good shot.

The Canadian actor, who was well known for playing Dr. Jason Seaver on the beloved '80s sitcom, died on Dec. 13 and is survived by wife Tanya and sons Brennan, Carter and singer Robin.


Alan Thicke with his son Robin Thicke

Alan received a Golden Globe nomination in 1988 for his role on Growing Pains. He went on to appear in countless other TV shows, including Hope & Gloria, Married with Children and, more recently, Fuller House and This Is Us.

In 2014-2015, he starred in the reality series Unusually Thicke alongside his wife Tanya and son Carter. The youngest of Alan's three sons, Carter tweeted: "Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of its finest. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time."

Alan pictured with his wife Tanya and his son Carter

The actor recently spent time in British Columbia at the Whistler Film Festival, where he received the Icon Award. An avid Twitter user, he posted a thank you and said, "I promise to try and stay iconic" on Dec. 13 before sharing his feelings on the second season of Fuller House. "Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in! #fullerhouse@fullhouseguy@bobsaget@candacecbure#netflix"

The father of three launched his career as a music producer before spending the early '80s hosting his own Canadian talk show, The Alan Thicke Show.

Stars like Bob Saget and Ellen DeGeneres have shared their condolences on social media.

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