TMZ is reporting tonight that television actor Alan Thicke has died. He was 69.
Thicke, the Canadian actor best known for playing Jason Seaver on the ’80s sitcom Growing Pains, reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter. He was pronounced dead around noon this afternoon at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The news of his death has been confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter. Here is more from TMZ:
“Alan played hockey regularly at a rink in Burbank. We’re told he and Carter were on the ice around 11 AM when he started having chest pain, then got nauseous and vomited. The ambulance picked him up around 11:30 and took him to the hospital… [Thicke] also hosted game shows, talk shows, and wrote several famous TV show theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes, Wheel of Fortune as well as Growing Pains.”
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
Thicke is also the father of pop singer Robin Thicke, and recently appeared in Netflix’s Fuller House reboot. He tweeted about the second season of the show earlier today.
— Alan Thicke (@Alan_Thicke) December 13, 2016