Alan Thicke, TV actor, has died today at the age of 69. He was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son when he complained of chest pain; he was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead according to TMZ. They believe it was a heart attack.
Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada in 1947, Thicke had a career in entertainment which stretched for four decades. Thicke had three sons including Robin Thicke who is a famous singer in his own rite.
Thicke hosted a game show in Montreal called “First Impressions” and later a celebrity game show on CFCF-TV called “Animal Crack-Ups.” He also hosted an American syndicated late-night talk show called “Thick of the Night” which competed against “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”
Thicke was also a songwriter and composer. He composed a number of famous TV theme songs such as the ones for “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.”
He was famously the father in the American sitcom “Growing Pains,” and worked on notable films “Alpha Dog” and “Stepmonster.” Most recently, Thicke appeared in the new season of “Fuller House.”