Actor Alan Thicke, who rose to fame from the hit 80s family sitcom “Growing Pains” passed away on Tuesday from a heart attack he suffered while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son.
Thicke’ ex-wife confirmed the tragic news to Fox, “Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke’s passing. It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one,” Gloria Loring told FOX411. Loring and Thicke were married from 1970 until 1984. They had two sons together including singer Robin Thicke and his brother Brennan Thicke.
The Canadian-born actor was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947 and was a popular Canadian talk show host before making his mark in the United States. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in the late 1970s as a writer for Barry Manilow’s talk show, and later for a satirical take on the genre in the variety show “America 2-Night.”
He was also the composer of several popular theme songs, including the original theme to “The Wheel of Fortune,” and shows such as “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Thicke leaves behind his three sons, Robin, Brennan, and Carter, from his marriage to second wife Gina Tolleson. He had been married to Tanya Callau since 2005.