Alan Thicke Dies; Beloved TV Star Was 69

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Alan Thicke, a veteran actor best known and beloved for his role as the patriarch on Growing Pains, died suddenly on Tuesday afternoon.

He was 69 years old.

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According to TMZ, Thicke was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, when he collapsed, seemingly of a heart attack.

He was transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center around noon and pronounced dead by doctors at that facility.

The star often played hockey at a rink in Burbank, California.

Sources confirm to TMZ that he and Carter were on the ice around 11 a.m. when Thicke began experiencing chest pain; he the got nauseous and vomited.

The ambulance picked the actor up around a half hour later and took him to the hospital. 

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Thicke received a 1988 Golden Globes nomination for his portraual of Jason Seaver, Growing Pains.

A decade later, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as a co-producer for the game show Pictionary.

More recently, the actor - who was the father of singer Robin Thicke, along with two other kids - and his family starred on the reality show, Unusually Thicke.

He also appeared as himself on This Is Us Season 1 Episode 1.

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Expect plenty of celebrity condolences to pour in over the coming days and weeks, but here is what a handful of those who knew Thicke well had to say upon learning this sad news:

Ellen DeGeneres: America loved Alan Thicke. I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family.

Larry King: So sorry to hear of the passing of Alan Thicke. A wonderful talent, a wonderful man.

Bob Saget: So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.

Demi Lovato: Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Thicke and his amazing wife Tanya a few years back.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP.

Olivia Munn: So so sad to hear about the passing of #AlanThicke. Such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in love.

Candace Cameron Bure: I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts.

Joel McHale: @Alan_Thicke was always so gracious & kind to me. A very very cool guy. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless this great Canadian!

We send our well wishes to the family and loved ones of Alan Thicke.

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