Alan Thicke — the beloved television dad from Growing Pains — died suddenly Tuesday at 69 years old, his publicist confirmed to EW.
The Seaver family patriarch from the ’80s sitcom was also an occasional talk-show host and game-show host and touched countless lives throughout his career. His impact is captured in celebrity reactions to his death, including touching posts from his sons Robin and Carter Thicke.
Recently, Thicke appeared in season 2 of Netflix’s Fuller House. Members of the cast remembered their late costar. “So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan,” Bob Saget wrote on Twitter.
Candace Cameron Bure penned an Instagram tribute to Thicke. “I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House,” she wrote. “You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. My heart hurts.”
Ben Stiller reflected on his history with the actor, tweeting, “Just heard of #AlanThicke’s passing. 1st job in LA was as an intern for him… He was a very nice boss. Sending good thoughts to his family.”
Meanwhile, John Legend explained that he met one of his childhood role models. Legend tweeted, “I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.”
Thicke’s ex-wife Gloria Loring wrote an emotional Facebook post and noted she had recently seen the actor. “Dear Friends, Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke’s passing. It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving,” she wrote. “He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one.”
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Alan’s passing. He was a part of our Pop family and was a tremendous talent,” Pop TV President Brad Schwartz wrote in a statement. “He was also for all who knew him, an amazing father and a true gentleman. We had the privilege to work with America’s Favorite Dad and his loss is one that is deeply felt.”
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Dog… #AlanThicke just wasn't the cool dad on tv. Dude was a part of our everyday musical lexicon. As a songwriter and jingle man this dude was THE MAN. we live in an age in which most tv shows eschew the art of the theme song. Most of our shows are quickie tags or nothing at all. Or instrumentals. Next to #JesseFrederick & #MervGriffin You were employing Alan to handle the honors. As a dude working in television believe you me: the art of connecting melody and narrative and sticking in 30 secs or less is an ART (I still maintain the #FreshPrince theme is Will's best most loved song (yes, more than #Summertime)—Alan had classics that NEVER LEFT us: #DiffrentStrokes theme #FactsOfLife theme my Uncle Bud used to laugh at me trying to whistle the #JokersWild theme (game shows were waaaaay big in the 70s yall and Alan did em all including the OG version of #WheelOfFortune back when Woolery was host) I mean 2016 is what it's going to be. I just hope I love to escape it. Respect to his family and his loved ones.