'Growing Pains' patriarch Alan Thicke dies at 69

By Karen Butler   |   Updated Dec. 14, 2016 at 9:46 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian-born television actor Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69.

TMZ and ABC News confirmed his death Tuesday.

TMZ reported the Growing Pains dad and recent Fuller House guest star suffered a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, at a Burbank rink.

"JUST IN: Alan Thicke has died at age 69, the actor's publicist confirms to @ABC News," the network tweeted.

The former Thicke of the Night host is survived by his sons Carter, Brennan and singer Robin, as well as Tanya, his wife of 11 years. He was previously married to actress and singer Gloria Loring, and Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson.

Although he was best known for his portrayal of caring Dr. Jason Seaver -- a psychiatrist and father of four -- on Growing Pains, Thicke also enjoyed success as a game-show host and interviewer on programs such as First Impressions, Animal Crack-Ups, Pictionary, All New 3's a Crowd and The Alan Thicke Show.

He penned some of the most famous TV theme songs of the 1970s and '80s, as well. Among them were the tunes for Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. He co-wrote Bill Champlin's hit "Sara," too.

In recent years, he was a popular guest star on TV shows like Just Shoot Me, The Bold and the Beautiful, How I Met Your Mother, Scream Queens and This is Us. He and his family also starred in two seasons of the mockumentary series Unusually Thicke.

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