Sitcom Icon Alan Thicke Dies At 69

By December 13, 2016

He was one of the iconic television sitcom dads of the 1980s, the patriarch of the Seaver household on Growing Pains. And now Alan Thicke has died. He was 69.

Thicke, who most recently played himself in an episode of NBC’s new hit drama This Is Us, suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, according to TMZ. He was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

A publicist for Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke, confirmed the news with the Los Angeles Times.

The actor’s final tweet came just hours before his death where he praised the second season of Fuller House, which Netflix released Dec. 9. Thicke played a character named Mike in the episode “Mom Interference,” the second episode of the second season.

Thicke was a regular hockey player at the rink in Burbank he was spending time with his son, Carter, and were both on the ice around 11 a.m. local time when he started to have chest pain, according to the TMZ report. The ambulance arrived around 11:30, and took him to the hospital.

Alan Willis Jeffery was born March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, to a stockbroker father and a nurse mother. His parents would divorce when he was a child, and his mother would marry a doctor, Brian Thicke.

Although he would become known primarily for his work as Dr. Jason Seaver in Growing Pains between 1985 and 1992, he also was known for his own musical work – especially when it came to television. In fact, Thicke wrote the theme to popular 1980s shows like The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.

Believe it or not, he was nominated for only three Emmys in his career, and they were early on. In 1977, he was recognized as part of a comedy writing team for The Barry Manilow Special, and a year later he would pick up a pair of nominations as part of the team behind America 2-Night, which starred Martin Mull and Fred Willard.

Thicke kept a very busy work schedule, even in recent years, which included guest spots not only in This Is Us and Fuller House, but also Scream Queens and American Dad.

He completed the comedy film The Clapper from Dito Montiel, which is slated for release in 2017.

Thicke was married twice between 1970 and 1999, marrying a third and final time to Tanya Callau in 2015, who survives. He also is survived by three children, Brennan, Robin and Carter.

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