2016 has killed again, and this one was pretty unexpected. Alan Thicke died yesterday at the age of 69. That’s not exactly young, but there was no indication there was anything wrong.
He was apparently still pretty active, because TMZ says he had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter in Burbank.
A source says he started having chest pains shortly before noon. Then he got nauseous and vomited. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Alan was best known for playing the dad, Dr. Jason Seaver, on “Growing Pains”, which ran from 1985 to 1992. More recently, he appeared on “How I Met Your Mother”, “This Is Us”, and “Fuller House”.
He was actually on Twitter earlier yesterday, saying, quote, “Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in!”
He also wrote the theme songs to several TV shows, including “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life”, and the game shows “The Joker’s Wild”, and “Wheel of Fortune”.
In addition to Carter, Alan had two other sons . . . Brennan and, of course, Robin Thicke. He’s also survived by his third wife Tanya . . . who had just posted this photo two days before her husband’s death.
Robin called his dad, quote, “the greatest man I ever meant,” and said, quote, “The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure. I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”
There have been tributes from various celebrities, but nothing yet from the “Growing Pains” cast. Several members of the “Fuller House” cast released statements, though.
Bob Saget Tweeted, quote, “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.”
And Candace Cameron Bure said she was “sad beyond words” at his passing. She’s known Alan most of her life, since her brother Kirk Cameron played his son on “Growing Pains”.