Popular as the star of “The Alan Thicke Show” and the loving father in “Growing Pains”, TV sitcoms from the 80s, Alan Thicke died from a massive heart attack on Tuesday (12/13/16) evening while playing hockey with his son. He was 69.
Canadian-born Alan Thicke had a long and successful show business career, not limited to acting. He started early as a DJ and broadcaster in Canada, but blossomed working on – and for – American TV. He was a talk show and game show host, performed in a variety of TV shows and specials, was a TV writer and a successful TV music composer. His musical genes were apparently inherited by his son, the singer and songwriter Robin Thicke.
Alan Thicke died suddenly; on the afternoon on the day of his passing he was busy on Twitter… He will be missed and remembered fondly.