The Grim Reaper of 2016 just won’t stop, as another beloved celebrity has left us far too soon. Former Growing Pains star Alan Thicke has passed away as a result of suffering an apparent heart attack.

Many fell in love with Growing Pains in the 80s and Alan Thicke was a large part of the show’s success, playing the role of the reasonable and handsome patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver. The show ran for seven successful seasons on ABC, ending its run in 1992. Thicke had continued to work steadily after Growing Pains and up until his death at age 69. E! News has the full details of Thicke’s heart attack and more.

Via E! News:

Alan Thicke passed away Tuesday afternoon, the actor’s rep confirmed to E! News. He was 69. According to TMZ who first broke the news, the actor had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with one of his sons. He was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., around noon local time and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The actor is survived by his wife Tanya Thicke and his three children including Carter, Brennan and “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke. Fans will remember the actor for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver in the long-running series “Growing Pains.” He also appeared in “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “How I Met Your Mother” and most recently “Fuller House.”

Just hours before the news broke, the actor expressed his excitement at the show’s new season on Twitter. “Season 2 “Fuller House” looking good,” a Twitter post read. “I even like the ones I’m not in! #fullerhouse @fullhouseguy @bobsaget @candacecbure #netflix.” 

The report went on to state that Alan Thicke’s son, chart-topping singer Robin Thicke, was not handling his father’s passing very well, as expected. “Alan was healthy and his heart attack was a complete shock,” a source shared with E! News. “Robin is devastated and surrounded by loved ones.”

We at HB send our sincere condolences to Alan Thicke’s family.

 

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