Robin Thicke performs at a concert. Photo by Melissa Rose [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Singer Robin Thicke is now more known than his TV-star father. “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke died at 69. Here Robin performs at a concert. Photo by Melissa Rose [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Alan Thicke, best known as the father in the 1985-92 ABC family comedy “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday. He was 69.

TMZ.com reported that the Canadian-born actor was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter at a rink in Burbank when he suffered an apparent heart attack.

Thicke’s survivors include an older son, Robin, the Grammy-nominated singer- songwriter best known for the 2013 song “Blurred Lines.”

The elder Thicke was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, a TV station reported, citing information from his publicist Monique Moss.

At the time of his death, Thicke was starring in “Unusually Thicke” with his son Carter and wife Tanya on the cable network Pop. Described as a “reality sitcom,” its second season began Sept. 21.

Thicke guest starred in a second-season episode of the Netflix comedy “Fuller House,” which was released Friday and made a cameo appearance as himself in the premiere of the critically acclaimed NBC drama “This Is Us” on Sept. 20.

Thicke’s survivors include his son Robin, the Grammy-nominated singer- songwriter best known for the 2013 song “Blurred Lines.”

Thicke was born March 1, 1947 in Kirland Lake, Ontario. He began his career as a writer for television series and specials. receiving Emmy nominations in 1977 for a Barry Manilow special and in 1978 for his work on the syndicated talk show spoof “America 2-Night.”

Thicke also wrote the theme songs for the comedies “Diff’rent Strokes,” which he sang, and “The Facts of Life” and such game shows as “The Wizard of Odds” and “The Joker’s Wild.”

Thicke wrote the humor books, “How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You” and “How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide.” He also wrote the “Boomer Humor” column for the website The Huffington Post.

Several entertainment and sports figures took to Twitter to share their condolences.

“America loved Alan Thicke,” talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. “I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family.”

Fellow Canadian actor Jason Priestley tweeted “Shocked and sad to hear about the passing of my old friend @Alan_Thicke. He was one of the good guys in Hollywood. We’ll miss u on the ice!”

“Fuller House” star Candace Cameron Bure tweeted “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.”‘

Cameron Bure’s brother Kirk played Thicke’s son Mike on “Growing Pains.”

Los Angeles Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille tweeted “Alan was a great friend to my wife Stacia and I, a friend to the entire Kings organization, as well as a friend to so many in the hockey world. He will be deeply missed by so, so many.”

Thicke is also survived by his wife Tanya, another son, Brennan, and grandsons Tyler and Julian.

— City News Service

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