Celebrities React to Sudden Death of Alan Thicke at Age 69
According to TMZ, Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son and was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Canadian actor, a native of Ontario, began his career in the 1970s and ’80s as a writer, producer and TV talk show host, with shows such as The Alan Thicke Show and Thicke of the Night.
Then in 1985, he found stardom on the ABC show Growing Pains. The show lasted seven seasons, ending its run in 1992. He portrayed Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and loving dad, along with wife Joanna Kerns and kids Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, and Ashley Johnson. A young Leonardo DiCaprio gained notice when he joined the show as an abandoned teen taken in by the Seavers in its final season.
Thicke was also an accomplished songwriter who created the theme music for several popular television programs, including Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, and Wheel of Fortune. His son, “Blurred Lines” pop singer Robin Thicke, inherited his dad’s musical skills.
The entertainment world was shocked to hear of Thicke’s passing, and several celebrities, friends and family, took to social media to pay their respects.
Just heard of #AlanThicke’s passing. 1st job in LA was as an intern for him… He was a very nice boss. Sending good thoughts to his family.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 14, 2016
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
Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Thicke and his amazing wife Tanya a few years back.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP 😔
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 14, 2016
— Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016
RIP Alan Thicke who was a great talent and a genuine person. #everyonesdad
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) December 14, 2016
America loved Alan Thicke. I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 14, 2016
RIP to one of the great ones, Alan Thicke. pic.twitter.com/LvlU13s23h
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 14, 2016
Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 14, 2016
Thicke is survived by sons Brennan, Robin and Carter, and by wife Tanya Callau, whom he wed in 2005.