‘Growing Pains’ star Alan Thicke dead at 69; ‘Fuller House,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ among recent highlights
Sad news is coming out tonight when it comes to one of scripted TV’s living legends: Alan Thicke is dead at the age of 69.
According to a report from TMZ, the actor reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with one of his sons. He is survived by his children, the most famous one being “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke.
Alan Thicke’s most noteworthy work came in the role of Jason Seaver on the classic sitcom “Growing Pains,” though he also appeared recently on “Fuller House,” “This Is Us,” and was notable for his part on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” He was a guy who was a great sport about being an acting icon, and was willing to have fun with it playing a version of himself on “Grandfathered.” Even before playing the part of Jason Seaver, he appeared on another iconic sitcom in “The Love Boat.” The man is a TV legend.
In addition to being known as a famed actor, he was also responsible for writing many of the greatest TV theme songs of all time — including his own. Some other credits include “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life,” and even one of the most popular game-shows ever in “Wheel of Fortune.” These are musical talents that he obviously passed along to Robin Thicke early on in his own life.
Thicke will be missed dearly, not just for being such a great actor and artist, but also as a man who seemed to be loved by everyone who came into contact with him. Unfortunately, this is just another sad death in what has been an incredibly-difficult year for the celebrity world. This passing comes after losing such notable people like astronaut John Glenn, David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Prince, who unfortunately left us a little earlier this year.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Thicke’s family and all who loved him. Hopefully, a network will pick up some “Growing Pains” reruns in the weeks ahead in order to tribute him further. (Photo: ABC.)