Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21, 2012, in Park City, Utah.
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Alan Thicke, best known for his role as the lovable Dr. Jason Seaver on the ’80s sitcom Growing Pains, died Tuesday at the age of 69. Thicke’s death was confirmed with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday by a publicist for his son, pop-soul singer Robin Thicke.

Robin spoke with the Times on Tuesday evening and said that his father was “the greatest man I ever met.”

Alan suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter. Robin told the Times that one of the last things his father said was a compliment to Carter on a nice shot.

Robin credited his father as being an inspiration and supportive of his music career.


“The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure,” Robin said. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”

In addition to his career as an actor, the Canadian-born Alan was also a songwriter and producer, writing the theme songs for some ’80s sitcoms. He continued to appear on television through this year, with recent appearances on This Is Us and the Netflix series Fuller House.


Alan Thicke’s last tweet on his Twitter feed was posted Tuesday in reference to his turn on Fuller House.

“Season 2 Fuller House looking good,” Alan wrote. “I even like the ones I’m not in!”


Read more at the Los Angeles Times.