Actor/theme song composer/eternal TV dad Alan Thicke had a heart attack late Tuesday morning (December 13) while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Burbank, CA. The Canada native was 69. He's survived by his wife Tanya and three sons Carter, Brennan, and Robin.
Thicke was most famous for playing Dr. Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains," but he also had a cameo in the "This Is Us" pilot, and can most recently be seen in an episode of "Fuller House" Season 2.
His account was just tweeting about that Tuesday afternoon, either in a scheduled tweet or through someone else operating his account:
Hollywood immediately reacted to the sad news, and his son Robin Thicke -- a famous music star in his own right -- shared his grief on Instagram:
Alan Thicke LOVED hockey! He also was a man with a huge heart. He was on the ice when his heart attacked him. RIP Alan...— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 14, 2016
RIP Alan Thicke. I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2016
I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I've known you since I was 8 years old... https://t.co/GLXSTK1nd7— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 14, 2016
America loved Alan Thicke. I'm so sad he's gone. Sending so much love to his family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 14, 2016
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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