‘Growing Pains’ Star Passes Away Hours After Collapsing While Playing With Son



Actor Alan Thicke, who was best known for his role as Jason Seaver on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday at the age of 69.

According to TMZ, he reportedly died of a heart attack after being transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He had been reportedly playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter.


The Canadian-born star composed music and served as a producer before making a name for himself as a talk show host in Canada from 1980 to 1983 starring on The Alan Thicke Show.

Thicke, who received his first Emmy nomination for The Barry Manilow Special in 1977, went on to host popular shows in the 90s such as Pictionary and Three’s a Crowd. The actor also starred in films The Growing Pains Movie and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers. He recently made an appearance on NBC’s hit new show This Is Us.

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Robin Thicke, another of Alan’s three sons took to social media, writing:


“My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had,” he wrote. “Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son.”


He leaves behind his wife, Tanya, and adult children Brennan, Robin and Carter Thicke. He was previously married twice before to Gloria Loring and Gina Tolleson.

The Los Angeles Times, quoting Thicke’s publicist, reported the Canadian actor died of a heart attack.

A songwriter and producer during his career, Thicke appeared in TV roles up through this year, including recent appearances on NBC’s drama “This Is Us” and Netflix’s “Fuller House.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Thicke tweeted, “Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in!”


YouTube video courtesy of Tom Smith

WOW! I have to say that I really enjoyed Mr. Thicke’s work.

God bless you and may you rest in peace. Thanks for the memories brother. 

(h/t Liftable)


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