The 69-year-old Growing Pains patriarch was confirmed dead on Tuesday. According to reports, Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son and was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After seven seasons as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, Thicke had some practice in televised parenting and later took his talents to his own comedic reality show, Unusually Thicke. The sitcom featured Thicke’s wife Tanya, and his three sons – teenager Carter, singer Robin, and owner of a marijuana dispensary, Brennan. Unsurprisingly, there was plenty fodder for entertainment as cameras followed the dramatic daily happenings of the Canadian actor’s real-life family.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Alan’s passing,” said Brad Schwartz, president of Pop TV in a statement. “He was a part of our Pop family and was a tremendous talent. He was also for all who knew him, an amazing father and a true gentleman. We had the privilege to work with America’s Favorite Dad and his loss is one that is deeply felt.”
Unusually Thicke airs Monday, Dec.19 through Friday, Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m. E.T. and 10 a.m. ET. Full episodes are available here.
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