Alan Thicke of 'Growing Pains' dies at 69
Alan Thicke, best known to '80s fans for playing the dad on TV's Growing Pains, has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Thicke's passing was confirmed Tuesday night by publicist of his son.
Robin Thicke, the popular singer, told the Times his father suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter.
“The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure,” Robin Thicke told the paper. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”
Thicke was born in Canada, where he found his first jobs in entertainment, but moved to L.A. in 1970 where he worked as a writer, producer and theme-song writer in the TV industry.
His late-night talk show - Thicke of the Night - lasted just one season but gave exposure to L.A. bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oingo Boingo. (It also helped propel the career of his sidekick - Arsenio Hall.)
In 1985, he took on the role of Dr. Jason Seaver, the lovable dad in Growing Pains, which had an enviable run on TV until 1992.
Kirk Cameron, who played Thicke's son on the series, posted a tribute on Instagram reading: "I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my TV dad. I'm shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death. Alan was a generous, kind and loving man."