Actor Alan Thicke is dead at 69: Shock as Growing Pains star suffers 'heart attack and dies while playing hockey with his son'

  • Alan Thicke died at the age of 69 on Tuesday in Los Angeles
  • The Canadian-born actor was reportedly playing hockey with his son when he suffered a heart attack
  • He was transported to hospital around noon where he was later pronounced dead
  • He is survived by his wife, Tanya, and three sons, Robin, Brennan and Carter

Famous TV actor Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69. 

Thicke, known for his role as the likable father on the ABC television series Growing Pains, died from a heart attack.

Carleen Donovan, who is a publicist for Thicke's son, singer Robin Thicke, confirmed that the actor died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. She had no further details.

Famous TV actor Alan Thicke has died age the of 69 from a heart attack on Tuesday

Thicke was known for his role as the likable father on the popular ABC television series Growing Pains

The Canadian-born actor had suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter, according to TMZ

It is believed that some of Thicke's organs will be donated, according to the celebrity gossip site. 

Just hours before news broke of his death, he had tweeted on Tuesday about the Netflix Original series Fuller House, which he most recently appeared in.

He tweeted earlier on Tuesday: 'Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in! #fullerhouse.'

Thicke makes a hilarious cameo in the show during the series' season two, which premiered last week.

Alan Thicke (left) pictured with his son, singer Robin Thicke, backstage during the Grammy nominations concert last Tuesday

Thicke pictured with his wife Tanya in August. He is survived by his wife, Tanya, and three sons, Robin, Brennan and Carter

The show is a spin-off of the popular 80s sitcom Full House that starred actors Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier along with child actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber.

Along with his role on the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, Thicke also wrote several the theme songs for several famous TV shows including Growing Pains, Diff'rent Strokes The Facts of Life and Wheel of Fortune.

Celebrities flooded social media to pay tribute to Thicke and his career.

'I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away,' Candace Cameron Bure wrote. 

'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.'

'Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace,' actress Alyssa Milano tweeted. 

Thicke is survived by his wife, Tanya, and three sons, Robin, Brennan and Carter.

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