Actor Alan Thicke dies at 69
Thicke has been a much-loved actor by many of his fans for his role as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver in ABC's "Growing Pains," which ran from 1985 to 1992.
"Growing Pains" famed Canadian actor Alan Thicke died on Tuesday at the age of 69.
Monique Moss, his spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters, "Alan's sudden passing has been confirmed. At present, we have no further details."
A source close to the family told Reuters by telephone that Thicke suffered a heart attack and was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, where he was pronounced dead.
Grammy award nominated-singer Robin Thicke told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that his father was playing hockey with another of his sons, 19-year-old Carter Thicke, when he suffered the heart attack.
Thicke has been a much-loved actor by many of his fans for his role as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver in ABC's "Growing Pains," which ran from 1985 to 1992. He was even nominated for a Golden Globe for the best performance by an actor in a television series in 1988 for the show.
His popularity was also for hosting television events as well as a prolific composer of television theme songs.
Thicke also appeared in an array of television shows, including "The Outer Limits," "Murder She Wrote," and "Married with Children," according to IMDB.
Social Media was filled with sadness following his death. People expressed their grief via tweets.
America loved Alan Thicke. I'm so sad he's gone. Sending so much love to his family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time. pic.twitter.com/ZQd2NZMTx4
— Carter Thicke (@CarterThicke) December 14, 2016
— Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016
So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 14, 2016
Your last tweet ❤️️. I'm heartbroken 😔 https://t.co/6GJopS0XaF
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 14, 2016
I'm so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan. 😢
— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) December 14, 2016
RIP, Alan Thicke!