Quintessential TV dad, Alan Thicke, dead at 69

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Alan Thicke poses in the pressroom at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

HOLLYWOOD, California (KXAN) – The family patriarch from the television show Growing Pains and affable actor, Alan Thicke, has died at the age of 69, his manager said.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Thicke’s passing with his manager. He reportedly had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son.

Growing Pains aired on ABC for seven seasons, from September 1985 to April 1992. Thicke portrayed Dr. Jason Seaver, a father and psychiatrist from Long Island.

Most recently, Thicke appeared in Netflix’s reboot series Fuller House. He was also a frequent pitchman for ads on Sirius.

Thicke was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947 and was a popular Canadian talk show host before making his name 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.”

Thicke was a composer, famously writing the theme song for The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.

He is survived by his wife Tanya and sons Brennan, Carter and Robin, singer of Blurred Lines.

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