1980s ‘Growing Pains’ star Alan Thicke has fatal heart attack
TV star Alan Thicke, who became an ’80s TV icon with his role as the patriarch on “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack, according to multiple news outlets.
The celebrity-news site TMZ first reported that the 69-year-old actor and songwriter suffered the fatal cardiac arrest while playing hockey just before
noon with his son Carter, 19.
He was rushed to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California, and declared dead Tuesday afternoon.
Fellow ’80s sitcom-dad Bob Saget tweeted: “So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.”
The Canadian-born Mr. Thicke had success there as a game-show and talkshow host in the 1970s, but his career took off with the 1985 debut of “Growing Pains,” one of that era’s family sitcoms, in which he played dad Jason Seaver.
The show ran seven seasons, and later spawned two TV reunion movies. Among the stars it birthed were Kirk Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio.