Alan Thicke dead: Robin Thicke pays tribute
Singer Robin Thicke paid tribute to his father Alan Thicke, calling the late actor “the best man I ever knew.”
“My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew,” Robin, 39, wrote in a note on Instagram. “The best friend I ever had. Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you, Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son.”
Alan died on Tuesday at age 69. The actor was a television legend, having appeared on the classic ’80s sitcom Growing Pains and also composing theme music for many of the decade’s biggest hits, including Diff’rent Strokes.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Robin noted Alan was “the greatest man I ever met” and said of his passing, “the good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure.”
Robin added, “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”
Carter Thicke, who was playing hockey with his father before Alan’s death, also posted a tribute late Tuesday. “Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it’s finest,” he wrote on Twitter. “You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.”
A year-and-a-half before his death, Alan shared a photo of himself alongside Carter on the ice hockey rink.
“Like Father, like son. The Thicke apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. #CanadianAndProud #Hockey #TBT,” he captioned the Twitter photo of the father-son duo donning hockey uniforms.
Just two days before his death, Alan’s wife Tanya Thicke shared a photo on Instagram of herself looking adoringly at her husband. “I’ve got the cutest designated driver EVER!!!” she captioned the photo.
The veteran actor is survived by his wife, Tanya and his three sons: Robin, Carter, and Brennan.