Alan Thicke, best known as Jason Seaver on the hit ’80s sitcom Growing Pains, died Tuesday at age 69 following a heart attack while playing hockey with his real-life son. His television son, Kirk Cameron, who played Mike Seaver, is in mourning along with many, many other friends and family members.
“I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my ‘TV dad,'” Cameron said in a statement to the TODAY show. “I am so blessed to have grown up with him. Chelsea and I send our love and prayers to his family tonight.”
Cameron concluded by quoting the Growing Pains theme song: “We will cherish the memories… ‘sharing the laughter and love.'”
Joanna Kerns, who played Thicke’s TV wife, responded to tweets from actor Daniel Franzese. “I loved Alan — he was one of the smartest and funniest men I have ever known — we shared a life of changing success and friendship,” she wrote. “Alan made me laugh everyday — usually at myself. Loved you dearly. RIP old friend.”
One of Thicke’s TV daughters, Ashley Johnson, tweeted an old photo of the two of them Tuesday night but has since removed the message.