Actor and songwriter Alan Thicke dies

His son Robin pays tribute

Actor and songwriter Alan Thicke has passed away at the age of 69.

News of his death was confirmed to the LA Times by his son Robin Thicke’s publicist.

Describing him as “the greatest man I ever met” and “always a gentleman,” the ‘Blurred Lines’ star paid tribute to his father.

“The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure,” said Robin. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”

Alan Thicke is said to have suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter – and that among his last words were complimenting him on a ‘nice shot’.

Robin and Alan Thicke

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The late father of ‘Blurred Lines’ star Robin Thicke was best know for playing the character ‘Jason Seaver’ on 1980s sitcom Growing Pains alongside other huge roles – including starring in the Netflix original series Fuller House, a sequel to the 1987–95 sitcom Full House.

While his son would go on to have a much more successful music career, Alan himself was a celebrated songwriter. As well as writing a number of well-known TV theme songs for the likes of Growing Pains, Diff’rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life, he also co-wrote the hit single ‘Sara’ for Chicago guitarist Bill Champlin’s 1981 solo album ‘Runaway’.