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Star of 80s Sitcom Growing Pains, Alan Thicke Dies

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Alan Thicke was a Canadian-born actor who was best known for his role as the father in the popular TV sitcom, Growing Pains. He was also well-known because of his highly accomplished son, Robin Thicke, who is a talented singer among many other things. News of Thicke’s demise started hitting the news feeds on Tuesday when sources close to the family brought it to the public’s attention that the star had passed away at the age of 69.

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According to Robin Thicke’s publicist, the actor is believed to have died of a heart attack.

A source close to the family also informed Reuters via telephone that Alan Thicke had experienced a heart attack and was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where doctors later pronounced he was dead.

His Grammy-award nominated son, Robin Thicke, gave a statement to the Los Angeles Times newspapers that his father was playing hockey with one of his siblings, 19year old Carter Thicke when he suffered the fatal heart attack.

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Robin told the newspaper, “I saw him a couple of days ago to let him know just how much I loved and respected him.” He also added that his father was a big inspiration in his music career. He also stated that, “The good thing is he was beloved by most people and had closure.”

Alan, who played Dr. Jason Seaver in the popular ABC series Growing Pains, was a pivotal component of the show and managed to play his part in making it a success. The series aired from 1985 to 1992, which serves as a testament to how good it was. The Canadian actor had a comprehensive and prolific career during his time as an actor, including cameo on top comedy series like How I Met Your Mother.

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In more recent roles, Allan appeared in Fuller House, which was a modern remake of the popular 1990s family sitcom. On a sad note, Thicke had taken to twitter earlier on Tuesday to say, “Season 2 Fuller House looking great. I even like the ones am not in!”

Allan was also the composer of numerous widely known themes like the original to The Wheel of Fortune, and shows like Different Strokes and The Facts of Life.

After the announcement of his death, celebrities were quick to offer their condolences to Alan Thicke’s family. Most of them took to twitter to air out their heart-felt messages to those closest to him. Most of them agreed that Hollywood took a big hit with his death.

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