Actor Alan Thicke, best-known for his role in the ’80s sitcom “Growing Pains,” has died at age 69 of a heart attack.
His son, pop-soul singer Robin Thicke, confirmed the death with the Los Angeles Times Tuesday evening, through his publicist.
Thicke reportedly had a heart attack while playing hockey with one of his sons Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to an L.A. area hospital pronounced dead.
“Growing Pains” aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992 and lasted seven seasons, frequently cracking the top five television shows in Nielsen ratings.
Also a songwriter, Thicke composed the theme songs to such shows as “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” among others.
Thicke was fond of his work — “Growing Pains” in particular: “Loved it. Proud of it. Proud of what it stood for,” he said in a 2010 interview, “I share the corny family values espoused on that show. Happy for the role, both, as I said, what it stood for and what it did for me and my life and my family and my career. So if that’s what goes on my tombstone, I’m perfectly comfortable with it.”
Survivors include his wife, Tanya; and sons Brennan, Carter and Robin.