For those that grew up in the 1980s Alan Thicke was the quintessential father of us all. “Growing Pains” was one of the first and most successful family oriented sitcoms that touched an entire generation. We will remember the great actor that portrayed the psychiatrist Jason Seaver, the father who had a lot of growing up to do himself. His manager confirmed that he died on Tuesday at the ripe age of 69 years old.
Reports say that around 11AM Tuesday he was playing ice hockey with his 19 year old son, Carter Thicke, when he began complaining about chest pains. After he became fatigued he said he was nauseous and vomited. He was quickly taken to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank California around 11:30AM where he died.
Alan may have been past the prime of his acting career but he still kept a presence on television. He had recurring roles and cameos on shows like How I Met Your Mother, This is US, and Fuller House. Over the course of his lifetime he had three marriages. He met his first wife, Gloria Loring in 1970 with whom he had his first two children. They later divorced in 1984. He met his next wife, former Miss World Gina Tolleson who gave him his third child in 1994. They also divorced in 1999. His final wife, that survived him model was Tanya Callau. They married in 2005. All three of his children went on to do amazing things. For instance, his son Robin Thicke is an accomplished pop singer famous for his song ‘Blurred Lines.’
We will always remember his contribution to not only television, but the world. Like his son Robin Thicke said, we will remember and celebrate the joy he brought into every room he was in. RIP Alan Thicke.