Alan Thicke's cause of death revealed: ruptured aorta, aortic dissection

By Wade Sheridan  |  Dec. 22, 2016 at 7:58 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Alan Thicke's official cause of death has been released.

The actor died at the age of 69 on Dec. 13 from a "ruptured aorta" and a "standard type A aortic dissection" according to a death certificate obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

The listed time interval between the start of the ruptured aorta and his death is minutes while the onset of the aortic dissection and his death is three hours.

Symptoms associated with an aortic dissection include severe chest or back pain, vomiting, sweating and lightheadedness. Notably, the Growing Pains star was vomiting and not feeling well prior to his death while he was playing hockey with this 19-year-old son Carter.

Thicke is survived by his sons Carter, Brennan, singer Robin and his wife of 11 years Tanya.

On Sunday, the family held a memorial service for Thicke that was attended by the cast of Growing Pains including Kirk Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio along with other celebrities such as Bob Saget, Alex Trebek and Bill Maher.

On Tuesday, Tanya Thicke ended her silence and released a statement commenting on Thicke's passing and asked for privacy for their family.

"It is with gut wrenching sadness and unbelievable grief that I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of love and support during this unimaginable time," she said. "Through tears and smiles our dearest of family and friends came together at our home to celebrate the life of my sweet and devoted husband Alan Thicke."

"Yesterday, along with my step sons and our combined extended family, we laid my beloved husband, soul mate and the patriarch of our family to rest. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time of profound mourning," she concluded.

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