Alan Thicke, a Canadian actor best known for his leading role in the 80s family sitcom Growing Pains has died on Tuesday.
The actor who was also the father of R&B singer Robin Thicke died at the age of 69. His spokeswoman Monique Moss said in a brief email;
“Alan’s sudden passing has been confirmed. At present, we have no further details,”
However, it was later revealed by a source close to the family that Alan suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. He was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.
Singer and songwriter Robin Thicke provided more details about the unfortunate incident. He told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that his father was playing hockey with one of his sons; 19-year-old Carter Thicke, when he suffered the heart attack.
“I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him,” Thicke told the newspaper. He also added that his father inspired his musical career.
Alan Thicke was a Canadian-born TV host, writer, composer and actor who made a name in his homeland before making it in the United States. The ABC series Growing Pains made him more popular and loved by fans for his role as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver.
His work in the show earned him a nomination for a Golden Globe for the best performance by an actor in a television series in 1988.
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Aside from acting, Alan also hosted popular television events, including the Emmy Awards, and composed television theme songs.
Other television shows Alan Thicke has appeared on include; “The Outer Limits,” “Murder She Wrote,” and “Married with Children.” He was set to appear in “Fuller House,” a remake of the popular 1990s family sitcom produced by Netflix before his demise.