Actor Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69.
According to media reports Tuesday, Thicke died of a heart attack while playing hockey with Carter, his 19 year old son. He was transported to a hospital in Burbank, California where he was pronounced dead.
Thicke who starred in the popular series 80s sitcom Growing Pains also recently made appearances in the cult series How I Met Your Mother.
He also composed music for several television programs, including the original theme to “The Wheel of Fortune,” and shows such as “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.
Thicke was set to appear in season 2 of Fuller House, Netflix’s reboot of the ’90s family sitcom Full House.
The Kirkland Lake, Ont native was inducted to the Canadian Walk Of Fame in 2013.
“I think I have an exemplary work ethic – one which has given me a pleasantly varied career, and one propelled by healthy insecurity. It makes you proactive, in terms of projects and writing,” Mr. Thicke told The Globe and Mail upon being inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame.
The actor’s death sparked an outpouring of grief from Hollywood. Fellow TV dad Bob Saget of Full House fame called Thicke “a good husband, father, brother and friend,” while comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres declared: “America loved Alan Thicke.”
Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure posted a recent photo of her and Thicke from the Netflix set. “I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts,” Bure captioned the picture.
Thicke was father of three children Carter, Robin and Brennan