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'Growing Pains' Star Alan Thicke Dies At 69

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Alan Thicke and his wife Tanya Callou at the Daytime Emmys in 2015. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)
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Alan Thicke, the actor best known as the stay-at-home dad from the '80s sitcom Growing Pains, has passed away. He was 69. Thicke's publicist confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Thicke was an actor, songwriter, and game show host who worked until the very end. He was most recently on the Netflix reboot of Full House, Fuller House, and the NBC drama This Is Us. It was his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains that made him a star.

According to TMZ, Thicke suffered a heart attack on Tuesday morning while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter in Burbank.

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As a songwriter, Thicke and his then-wife Gloria Loring wrote several theme songs for television shows, including The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes.

Thicke is survived by his wife Tanya Callau and his three sons, including R&B singer Robin Thicke.