Yes, people die every day, much less every year. But it think its now official - 2016 has been the tide mark for entertainment/media figures, icons even. Add to that list, TV star and composer Alan Thicke.
Alan Thicke, the
star of the popular 80s sitcom “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday after
reportedly suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his
The iconic TV dad, who played Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit show, was
taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California where he
died after suffering the ailment, according to TMZ.
The star’s publicist confirmed his death to Page Six.
“Alan’s sudden passing has been confirmed. At present, we have no further details,” the rep said.
The 69-year-old , who played Dr. Jason Seaver in the popular ABC
sitcom, is survived by his wife, Tanya, and three sons — Carter,
Brennan, and the pop singer Robin.
“Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it’s finest,” Carter wrote on Instagram
“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.”
On the sitcom Thicke played a psychologist who worked from home and helped raise his children including Mike Seaver, played by Kirk Cameron.
The show ran from 1985 until 2002. A young Leonardo DiCaprio appeared
as a homeless teen Luke Brower in the show’s final season.
Thicke also appeared on the Netflix reboot “Fuller House” and made cameos on the show “How I Met Your Mother.”
The actor was remembered Tuesday night by another popular TV dad from that era, Bob Saget from “Full House.”
“So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend,” Saget tweeted. “He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.”
Also praising the TV dad was another 80s legend — “Who’s the Boss?” star Alyssa Milano.
“Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room,” she tweeted. “Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.”
Thicke was born in Ontario, Canada where he hosted a talk show before taking his career to the US.
He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in the late 1970s
as a writer for Barry Manilow’s talk show and another satirical program
called “America 2-Night.”
He was also the composer of several popular theme songs, including
the original theme to “The Wheel of Fortune,” and shows such as “The
Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Alan was so proud of his son Robin that he once told US Weekly that he and his wife Tanya would listen to Robin’s song “Sex Therapy” to “get in the mood.”
Robin, who is known for his hit “Blurred Lines” took the embarrassing confession by his father in stride.
“Dad, I heard what you said to @usweekly…” Robin tweeted. “I need you to give back all of my music. Immediately.”
Although Robin didn’t release a statement about his dad’s passing on Tuesday night, his ex-wife Paula Patton posted a quote from Mother Teresa on Twitter.
Robins mom and Alan’s ex-wife, Gloria Loring, wrote on Facebook,
“Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke’s passing. It is a
shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented,
funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one.”