(PCM) We are deeply saddened to learn that beloved “Growing Pains” actor Alan Thicke has passed away at the age of 69. A spokesperson for the family revealed that Thicke’s immediate cause of death was a sudden heart attack which occurred while he was playing hockey with his 19-year old son Carter.
According to both NBC News and TMZ.com, Thicke was immediately transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California and was later pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. Son Carter posted the following message via Twitter in response to his fathers passing which read “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.” In addition to his son Carter, Thicke is also survived by his wife Tanya and other children Brennan and singer Robin Thicke.
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
Thicke is best-known for his role on the 90’s sitcom “Growing Pains” playing family patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver. He was certainly viewed as one of the most beloved television dads, something he often made light of during the later years of his life. Thicke would joke that he was always asked to play a “father figure” type of role. Thicke has also had noteworthy roles in the soap opera “Bold and The Beautiful” and the series “How I Met Your Mother”. He was also most recently seen in the Netflix reboot “Fuller House”.
Sources at the ice rink where Thicke suffered the heart attack claim the actor was conscious and speaking with medics as he was taken away to the hospital via stretcher. He also made a joke to his son about taking a picture of him on the stretcher for social media. Hollywood is truly shocked by Thickes untimely passing. Many of his former co-stars are taking to social media to express their condolences including Bob Saget, Candance-Cameron Bure and more.
Thicke’s managers Nicholas Bogner and Melanie Greene, and agent Nigel Mikoski released a statement which read “Alan Thicke was more than just a client to us all. He was a friend and will be greatly missed. He remained ambitious to the very end…and his biggest motivating factor was his devotion to his loving family.”
Our sincere condolences go out to Alan Thicke’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.