‘Growing Pains’ Actor Alan Thicke Dies at 69

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Alan Thicke, the Canadian actor known for his role as a patriarch of the Seaver family on the ‘80s sitcom Growing Pains, has died at age 69. After suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son, his publicist confirmed his death to EW.

Thicke reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son, and was rushed to a Los Angelos area hospital. He was then pronounced dead.

Life and Legacy

Alan Thicke was best known for his role in the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, where he played a patriarch, Jason Seaver, where he played alongside Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, and Ashley Johnson. In his early days, Leonardo DiCaprio also made an appearance on the show.

Thicke had commented on the show saying, “We were a good wish-fulfillment show. It was a functional, loving, amusing, somewhat relatable family that we all wish we could have been a part of.”

“I’m often flattered when people ask me for parenting advice, to which I usually say, ‘It’s easier being a good parent when you have 11 writers following you around, telling you what to say.’”

Career

Thicke started his career in the film industry in the 1970s as a writer, producer, and TV personality. This included the parody talk show Fernwood 2 Night, the game show First Impressions, and talk shows The Alan Thicke Show and Thicke of the Night.

Thicke was also a talented songwriter, composing music for several TV series, including Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, and Wheel of Fortune. He also wrote two books , How Men Have Babies, How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You, and scripts for How I Met Your Mother, Scream Queens, This is Us, Fuller House and Unusually Thicke.

The president of Pop TV, Brad Schwartz, in a statement said Thick was a “tremendous talent.” “He was also for all who knoew him, an amazing father, a true gentleman. We had the privilege to work with America’s Favourite Dad and his loss is one that is deeply felt.”