‘Growing Pains’ Actor Alan Thicke Dead at 69

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In 2016 we’ve seen a number of beloved celebrities go, and today, we’ve lost another legend. Alan is best known for his role of Dr. Jason Seaver on the popular 80s sitcom ‘Growing Pains.’ Apart from being a famous actor, Alan was also a songwriter and a game and talk show host. He was the father of famous musician Robin Thicke.

TMZ confirmed that Alan suffered a heart attack and died while doing what he loved, playing hockey with his teenage son. The actor was a NHL fanatic (he was first a Montreal Canadiens fan, but after moving from Canada to Hollywood, he started rooting for the Los Angeles Kings), and would often play hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. Alan is survived by his wife and three sons.

The late actor composed theme songs to different sitcoms, such as ‘The Facts of Life’, ‘Diff’rent Strokes’, and ‘Hello, Larry.’ On top of that, he wrote for a few TV comedies, including ‘The Richard Pryor Show,’ ‘The Paul Lynde Show,’ and ‘America 2-Night.’

Alan’s teenage son, Carter, wrote on Instagram that “Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of its finest. I have never known a more kind, loving, hairy, and generous person in my life and I am forever grateful for the light that this man brought to my life and so many others. You will be missed every second of every day. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.”