The TV icon died after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son in Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2016). He was 69. As celebrity tributes poured in, Alan’s family also reacted to his passing with heartfelt social media posts.
“My Father passed away today,” Robin wrote. “He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had. 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.”
Alan’s youngest son Carter, who was playing a game of hockey with the actor at the time of his heart attack, took to social media to express his sadness over his father’s death.
“Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it’s finest,” he captioned a smiling photo of him and the Growing Pains star.
Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest. I have never known a more kind, loving, hairy, and generous person in my life and I am forever grateful for the light that this man brought to my life and so many others. You will be missed every second of every day. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.
Days before Alan’s death, his wife Tanya shared a sweet photo of the couple on Instagram. “I’ve got the cutest designated driver EVER!!!” she captioned the shot.