“TV icon Alan Thicke has died,” reports TMZ.
The story continues, “We’re told Alan had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. He was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center around noon today, and pronounced dead there.”
Writes The Hollywood Reporter in its obituary, “’Growing Pains’ aired on ABC for seven seasons, from September 1985 to April 1992. Thicke played Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who works from home. Joanna Kerns portrayed his wife and Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller and Ashley Johnson were their kids. In the last season, Leonardo DiCaprio appeared as a homeless teen who moves in with the family. The series reached as high as No. 5 in the ratings.
“After hosting a successful daytime talk show in Canada, the Ontario native launched the syndicated ‘Thicke of the Night’ in September 1983 for an American audience. However, the show — produced by famed network programmer Fred Silverman — proved to be no match for ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ and lasted just nine months.”
Notes Variety, “Thicke married his first wife, ‘Days of Our Lives’ actress Gloria Loring, in 1970. The couple had two children, Brennan and Robin Thicke — the latter a successful pop singer best known for the song ‘Blurred Lines.’ Loring and Thicke divorced in 1984. In 1994, Thicke married former Miss World Gina Tolleson, who gave birth to Thicke’s third son, Carter. The couple divorced in 1999. Thicke married model Tanya Callau in 2005. He is survived by Callau and his three children.”
To read more about Alan Thicke, please click on any of the links, above, to read the stories at TMZ or in THR or Variety.
Here’s an interview with Thicke done several years ago on Canadian TV that we found on YouTube: