Alan Thicke, best known for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver for seven seasons on sitcom Growing Pains, has passed away today. He suffered a fatal heart attack, reportedly while playing hockey with his son.
In addition to his work on Growing Pains, Thicke composed two of the most memorable TV theme songs of the 1980s, for Facts of Life and Different Strokes, and the original score for Wheel of Fortune. He has also served as a talk show host and a game show host. He spent most of his post-Growing Pains years playing roles that traded-in on his family-friendliness, like Robin’s Dad in This Is Us or, most recently, roles in This Is Us and Fuller House. He also benefited greatly from personal appearances in the latter half of his career, jokingly referring to himself as the “the affordable Shatner,” appearing for events declined by William Shatner.
He also always seemed like a really swell guy.
Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 14, 2016
We're heartbroken about the laughter dying. But @Alan_Thicke might have picked that as the way he wanted to go - playing hockey with his son— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) December 14, 2016
RIP Alan Thicke. I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2016
I'm so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan. ðŸ˜¢— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke LOVED hockey! He also was a man with a huge heart. He was on the ice when his heart attacked him. RIP Alan…— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 14, 2016
Goodbye Alan Thicke, a baller TV dad on Growing Pains who always was a pleasure to watch.— emile hirsch (@EmileHirsch) December 14, 2016
I just learned of my friend @Alan_Thicke passing. Our familys were together not that long ago…I owe you an email. Rest In Peace pal.— scott foley (@scottkfoley) December 14, 2016