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'Growing Pains' actor Alan Thicke dead at 69

Posted by on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:43 PM
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'Growing Pains' actor Alan Thicke dead at 69
Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 11:00 PM
Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 9:07 PM
By: Kelcie Willis - Cox Media Group National Content Desk


'Growing Pains' actor Alan Thicke dead at 69

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Actor Alan Thicke arrives for the Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Thicke died December 13 2016 at 69 years old. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images) (Greg Doherty)
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Actor Alan Thicke has died at age 69, according to TMZ.

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The celebrity gossip site reported that Thicke died Tuesday afternoon when he had a heart attack playing hockey with his son. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Los Angeles Times confirmed the news of his death with the publicist of one of Thicke's sons, singer and songwriter Robin Thicke.

Alan Thicke was born Alan Willis Jeffery March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake in Ontario, Canada. He began his career as a writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He was successful as a daytime talk show host with "The Alan Thicke Show" in Canada before playing Jason Seaver on the sitcom "Growing Pains," which ran from 1985 to 1992.

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Thicke also worked as a song composer on the theme songs for "Wheel of Fortune" and Diff’rent Strokes." He co-wrote "The Facts of Life" theme with soap actress Gloria Loring, his ex-wife.

Thicke recently appeared in "Fuller House," a 2016 sequel to the television series "Full House" which aired from 1987 to 1996. He's also made an appearance on the NBC show "This Is Us" and just wrapped production on "The Clapper," an upcoming 2017 movie starring Amanda Seyfried and Leah Remini, according to People.com.

Thicke also starred in a mockumentary show called "Unusually Thicke" from 2014 - 2015, which followed the actor and his family.

Thicke is survived by his wife, Tanya, and sons Brennan, Carter, and Robin.
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sarahfire
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:48 PM
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I'm seriously upset over this. And now I have the Growing Pain theme song in my head.
momofsixangels
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:51 PM
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I was shocked when I heard
KyliesMom5
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:53 PM
I loved Growing Pains, when I was a kid. His death has hit me kinda hard. My Dad was the same age when he died.
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:54 PM
Hugs.

Quoting KyliesMom5: I loved Growing Pains, when I was a kid. His death has hit me kinda hard. My Dad was the same age when he died.
seaturtle1
by Bronze Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:54 PM
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Wow what a shock. Just goes to show we never know the day nor the hour so make the most of life.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM
I can't believe it.
This year has REALLY sucked!!

And it is not just with the deaths of celebrities.
This year has been so much worse than last year for my family and friends.
Both young and oldish have died for no appararent reason.
Hopefully next year will be better because I dont think I can handle another year like this one.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:57 PM
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I feel like my childhood is slipping away one celebrity death at a time
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:57 PM
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Yea, it has been a bad year.

Quoting Anonymous 1: I can't believe it.
This year has REALLY sucked!!

And it is not just with the deaths of celebrities.
This year has been so much worse than last year for my family and friends.
Both young and oldish have died for no appararent reason.
Hopefully next year will be better because I dont think I can handle another year like this one.
squeekers
by squeekers on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:57 PM
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I feel bad for the son who he was playing basketball hockey with prior to his heart attack.

Been a member since Feb 26, 2007 .
Kelsey89
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 11:58 PM

So sad. I just watched his fuller house episode last night. I grew up watching growing pains reruns. RIP.

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