1980s ‘Grow­ing Pains’ star Alan Thicke has fa­tal heart at­tack

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Vic­tor Mor­ton

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.

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