Canadian actor and icon Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69, Entertainment Tonight has confirmed.
TMZ reported Tuesday that Thicke was playing hockey with his son Carter when he had a heart attack.
Thicke was most recognized for his work as Jason Seaver on the television show Growing Pains which ran from 1985 to 1992.
Post-Growing Pains, Thicke still managed to maintain his lovable and charismatic persona in the public eye, often appearing as host of events like the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. He had guest roles on multiple TV shows, including How I Met Your Mother, The Bold and the Beautiful and Just Shoot Me.
Over the course of his career, Thicke was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe and a Daytime Emmy. In 2013, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Not one to stick just to acting, Thicke also found time to write two books: How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide and How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You.
Another one of his hidden talents was composing theme songs. For years, he worked with his then-wife Floria Loring to create the catchy tunes that played at the beginning of shows like Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. In fact, at the time of his passing, he had dozens of musical credits to his name.
The Kirkland Lake native also had connections to the Forest City. Thicke attended Western University, graduating in 1967, and worked part time as an all-night radio DJ for AM980. During his stint at the station, he also wrote copy for former CFPL host and local radio legend Bill Brady.
Most recently, Thicke could be seen making guest appearances on a variety of popular television shows, including Scream Queens, This Is Us and Fuller House.
The actor leaves behind his wife, Tanya, and three children.