Actor Alan Thicke dies at 69

Actor Alan Thicke, who was best known for the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday at the age of 69, his publicist confirmed to Fox News.

“Alan’s sudden passing has been confirmed,” Monique Moss wrote in a statement. “At present, we have no further details.”

Carleen Donovan, who is a publicist for Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke, told the Associated Press the actor died from a heart attack in Los Angeles. She had no further details.

“Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke’s passing. It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one,” Gloria Loring said on the passing of Thicke. Loring and Thicke were married from 1970 until 1984. They had two sons together.

Thicke starred as Dr. Jason Seaver in the ABC series “Growing Pains,” which aired from 1985 until 1992.

The actor had a prolific career, including cameos in recent years on the comedy “How I Met Your Mother” and the Netflix series “Fuller House.” He was also a frequent pitchman for ads on Sirius.

Thicke’s “Growing Pains” role is among the most beloved television dads of all time. He played a psychiatrist raising his children along with his wife, played by Joanna Kerns. Seaver’s oldest son, Mike, played by Kirk Cameron, was a constant source of trouble for the family.

Thicke was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947 and was a popular Canadian talk show host before making his name in the United States. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in the late 1970s as a writer for Barry Manilow’s talk show, and later for a satirical take on the genre in the variety show “America 2-Night.”

He was also the composer of several popular theme songs, including the original theme to “The Wheel of Fortune,” and shows such as “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office told the AP Thicke’s death was not reported to them.

Earlier on Tuesday, Thicke tweeted, “Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in!”

The celebrity website TMZ first reported the death.

Fox News’ Jessica Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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