Canadian TV personality Alan Thicke, best known for his role on Growing Pains, died Tuesday. He was 69.
Carleen Donovan, a publicist for Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke, said the actor died from a heart attack on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
He suffered the heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter, entertainment website TMZ reported.
Thicke was most famous for his role as Jason Seaver, the father from 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, placing him among the most beloved television dads of all time.
He played a psychiatrist raising his children along with his wife, played by Joanna Kerns. Seaver’s oldest son, Mike, played by Kirk Cameron, was a constant source of trouble for the family.
His role as Seaver “was typecasting,” Thicke joked recently on CBC Radio’s q. “I’m perfect in real life, of course.”
Born in Kirkland Lake, Ont., Thicke wore many hats during his career, from hosting talk shows and writing for TV series and specials for comedians such as Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, to composing the theme songs to The Wheel of Fortune, The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.
Many famous Canadians are reacting to news of the death of fellow celebrity Alan Thicke.
“Star Trek” star William Shatner says he’s saddened over the loss of his friend.
And singer Anne Murray says Thicke was a friend for many years and also wrote and produced many of her T-V specials.