Iconic Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Passes Away At Age 69

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Iconic Canadian actor, comedian, writer and TV dad Alan Thicke, passed away at age 69 from a heart attack on Tuesday, December 13, in Los Angeles. Alan’s publicist confirmed the news of his death to CBS News, saying that everyone is in shock because of his sudden passing away from this world.

Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947, Thicke was best known for his role as the father in the sitcom “Growing Pains.”

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Thicke was also nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in the late 1970s. One of these nominations was for writing for Barry Manilow’s talk show, and another one was for his unique and intelligent satirical take on the genre in the variety show “America 2-Night.”

A talented musician as well, Thickie has composed several popular theme songs, including the original theme for “The Wheel of Fortune” and other shows like “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”

A frequent pitchman for ads on Sirius, Thickie also had cameos in recent years on the comedy “How I Met Your Mother,” the NBC drama “This Is Us”  and the Netflix series “Fuller House,” proving his popularity and that endless stream of talent and versatility.

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Celebrities were shocked to hear about the sudden death of this man who has been there in the industry through it’s thick and thin, ever growing and shining.

“I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me.”

-John Legend 

“You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts.”-

-Candace Cameron Bure 

“RIP dear friend and gentleman.”

-Marlee Matlin

Everyone was shocked and they tweeted about the kind of man he has been to everyone he ever met.

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Agreeing to speak with the Los Angeles Times, Robin Thickie opened up about his father: “My father was the greatest man I ever met…He was always a gentleman….I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”

 

 

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Thicke’s youngest son, Carter, also tweeted about his loss:

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An actor, a musician, a writer, a comedian, a great dad, a role model and a gentleman- Alan Thickie will be remembered forever for being such an iconic man. We pray that his soul may rest in peace. Thank you for giving us so much love, and goodbye, Alan.

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