Alan Thicke

Actor Alan Thicke, best known for his role as Dr.┬áJason Seaver in the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” died yesterday at the age of 69 from a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19 year old son.

Thicke’s Dr. Jason Seaver was the ideal father and the “Growing Pains” sitcom returned Hollywood to a focus on the nuclear family and promoted traditional family values especially with Seaver as the father-knows-best patriarch.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Thicke lauded President Ronald Reagan, “Ronald Reagan is president and there’s no war, maybe that creates an environment for a show like ours.”

Aside from his starring role in “Growing Pains,” Thicke was also a talented composer creating anumber of popular theme songs such as the original theme to “The Wheel of Fortune,” as well as theme songs for “The Facts of Life” and “Different Strokes.”

He even made a run at Johnny Carson’s spot as the King of Late Night with “Thicke of the Night,” a syndicated talk-music-and-comedy show.

He was also nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work on Barry Manilow’s talk show in the 1970s and “America 2-Night.”

A number of Thicke’s family, friends, and co-stars mourned his passing.

His son, Robin Thicke took to Instragram.

A photo posted by Robin Thicke (@robinthicke) on

“I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my ‘TV dad,’” Kirk Cameron said in a statement. “I’m shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death. Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him.”

“You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts,” tweeted Bure, sister to Kirk Cameron.

The NHL also expressed their condolences.

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H/T: Fox News

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