Alan Thicke, America’s beloved television dad, has died at the age of 69. The passing of this cherished television star comes just days after Americans lost one their all-time favorite TV moms, Florence Henderson. She will forever be remembered for her role as the adorable and good-natured Carol Brady on ABC’s “The Brady Bunch” from 1969 to 1974. According to Thicke’s representative, he died on Tuesday afternoon as he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, in California.
Mr. Thicke, who suffered a heart attack, was taken to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank where he passed away. It has been confirmed that the Canadian star was an organ donor and doctors rushed to collect several of his organs, which might save the lives of many others.
From 1985 until 1992 the world laughed and listened to Thicke’s Dr. Jason Seaver on the classic ABC series “Growing Pains” as he made silly mistakes and tried to raise his TV family. However, before hitting stardom on television, like his oldest son and R&B and pop star Robin Thicke, he was very passionate by music.
Believe it not; Thicke was the brain behind numerous theme songs including the ones for “The Wheel of Fortune,” “The Facts of Life,” and “Diff’rent Strokes.” Thicke never retired from acting; he appeared in the now-cancelled comedy “How I Met Your Mother,” “Scream Queens,” and “Yes, Dear.”
He recently guest-starred in Netflix’s reboot “Fuller House,” as well as a cameo on the critically-acclaimed “This Is Us.” He was married three times, wrote several books on parenting, and was the host of numerous TV shows. Alan leaves behind his wife, Tanya Callau, and his three children.
The singer paid tribute to his father in a post that read: “He was the greatest man I ever met, always a gentleman. I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him. The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure.”
An extensive list of celebrities reacted to the death of Thicke on social media. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: “America loved Alan Thicke. I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family.”
William Shatner stated: “Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family.” John Legend wrote: “RIP Alan Thicke. I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.” Alyssa Milano shared: “Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.”
Lori Loughlin, who recently worked with Thicke, said: “I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan.” Demi Lovato stated: “Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Thicke and his amazing wife Tanya a few years back.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP ”
Ryan Seacrest also took to social media to say: “sad to learn of Alan Thicke’s passing. he was a great friend over the years. thoughts & prayers to his family.”