We’ll never be able to show anyone that smile again and it’s all because that wretched trash monster of awfulness known as 2016 has struck again. Alan Thicke, who played one of the greatest (and hottest) TV dads of the 80s, died today at the age of 69. It gets sadder, Alan Thicke had a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter. He was taken to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, CA where he was pronounced dead.
TMZ says that Alan and Carter were playing at around 11 this morning when he started to have chest pains and eventually vomited. An ambulance took him to the hospital 30 minutes later. Many didn’t believe the news at first, because a tweet came from Alan’s account at around 2pm PST. But Alan’s rep confirmed to People that the world has lost a Canadian legend.
Alan started off as a game show host in his homeland of Canada before he went off to Hollywood. Norman Lear hired Alan to host a game show that I never knew existed but wish I could binge-watch tonight. The show was called Fernwood-2-Night and it was a talk show based on characters from the cult gem Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Alan hosted a few more game shows, including Thicke of the Night, before he was cast as psychiatrist and DILF Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. Alan played Jason Seaver for all 7 seasons of Growing Pains.
After Growing Pains, Alan guest starred on a million other shows like Married…with Children, The Bold and the Beautiful and How I Met Your Mother. This year, he was on episodes of Fuller House and This Is Us.
Alan and his ex-wife Gloria Loring (Robin Thicke’s mom) worked together to create some of the diamonds in the TV show theme song treasure chest. They wrote the theme songs for Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.
Alan Thicke is survived by his wife Tanya Callau and his three kids, Robin, Brennan and Carter.
Rest in peace, Alan Thicke. Thank you for everything, especially this perfection: