Celebrities React to Sudden Death of Alan Thicke at Age 69

Alan Thicke, best known for playing the patriarch of the Seaver family on the hit TV series Growing Pains, died Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2016). He was 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.

Thicke is survived by sons Brennan, Robin and Carter, and by wife Tanya Callau, whom he wed in 2005.