Beloved TV Dad Alan Thicke Dies of Heart Attack at 69

Beloved television dad and composer, Alan Thicke, died Tuesday at the age of 69. According to Wikipedia, Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter, and subsequently died at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Canadian-born, Thicke was best known for his role as Jason Seaver, a TV dad in ABC's popular 1980s sitcom "Growing Pains." The show aired from 1985 to 1992. Thicke also composed several popular theme songs for TV shows including "Different Strokes", "The Facts of Life" and "The Wheel of Fortune."

In 1997, he hosted a television version of the board game "Pictionary." In the early 2000s, he hosted the "All New 3's a Crowd" on the Game Show Network. Thicke went on to host his own popular talk show in Canada during the early 1980s, called "The Alan Thicke Show." The show at one point spawned a prime-time spinoff, "Prime Cuts," which consisted of edited highlights from the talk show. Thicke was later signed to do an American syndicated late-night talk show, "Thicke of the Night."

Thicke is survived by his wife Tanya Callau and three children including R&B singer, Robin Thicke.
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