‘Growing Pains’ actor Alan Thicke passes away

Alan Thicke, a Canadian actor and beloved TV dad on sitcom ‘Growing Pains’ and off-screen father of R&B singer Robin Thicke breathed his last on December 13. He was 69. His death was confirmed by his singer cum actress ex-wife, Gloria Loring through a statement on Facebook.

According to Reuters, he was said to have suffered a cardiac arrest. Robin Thicke, his Grammy-nominated singer son told The LA Times that his father was playing hockey with his 19-year old son, Carter Thicke when he had an attack.  He was rushed to the Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California where he breathed his last. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him,” Thicke told the newspaper, adding that his father was an inspiration for his own musical career.

Born in Ontario, Canada in 1947, Thicke began his career with Canadian theatre and television before venturing into Hollywood. He hosted several talk-shows and penned songs during the course of his career. He went on to host the Very Merry Christmas Parade in The Walt Disney World and popular American late-night-talk-show, ‘Thicke of the Night’ before bagging the iconic role of Jason Seaver, a psychiatric father on the popular sitcom, Growing Pains. His other works included Alpha dog, How I Met Your Mother, Fuller House etc.

He received his first Emmy nomination for The Barry Manilow Special in 1977. He is survived by his wife Tanya and sons carter, Robin and Brennan.


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