Actor Alan Thicke, known for ‘Growing Pains’, dead at 69

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Canadian-born actor Alan Thicke, who is best remembered for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on “Growing Pains” and who is also the father of singer Robin Thicke, has died in California, his publicist says. He was 69 years old.

Thicke is believed to have suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter. He was rushed to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thicke is best remembered for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the popular ABC series “Growing Pains”, which aired on ABC from 1985 through 1992. The series, which features the misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother, is also syndicated around the world.

In addition to his own career, Thicke is also the father of singer and songwriter Robin Thicke. Alan is further survived by his two other children – Carter and Brennan – as well as his third wife, Tanya, whom he married in 2005.

Thicke’s sudden death comes less than two weeks after he was awarded the Canadian Icon Award at the Whistler Film Festival. “Thanks to Whistler Film Fest for the Icon Award. I promise to try and stay iconic,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

His most recent work includes a guest role on the Netflix sitcom “Fuller House” and the main role in the comedy “It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway”. He also had his own reality TV show, “Unusually Thicke”, and appeared on shows such as “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.

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