Alan Thicke

2016 has claimed it’s latest victim, Alan Thicke, who died suddenly in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 13 after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son, Carter.

The dad many grew up with on Growing Pains, Alan Thicke‘s character, Dr. Jason Seaver, competed for Best TV Dad against Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson), Dr. Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby), Philip Banks (James Avery), and Rev. Eric Camden (Stephen Collins).

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the actor’s son, Robin Thicke, called his father “the greatest man I ever met,” who was “always a gentleman.”

According to TMZ, the 69-year old actor was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after suffering a heart attack, and was later pronounced dead just after noon.

In addition to being know for his iconic role in Growing Pains, Thicke recently appeared in episodes of Fuller House, This Is Us, and Scream Queens.

Gloria Loring, who is the mother of Thicke’s two eldest sons, Robin and Brennan, told US, “Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke’s passing. It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving…He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one.”

Alan Thicke tweeted twice on Tuesday, one of which I think we can all agree couldn’t be better said. You sir, will ALWAYS be iconic.

Alan Thicke tweet

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Jacob Ross is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelors degree in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration. He currently works as the Director of New Media at AroundCampus, spending most of his time surfing the internet and playing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Jacob is a professional foodie, bow tie connoisseur, and amateur photographer. He can out quote you when it comes to any Will Ferrel movie like it's an Olympic sport. He spends the majority of his weekends watching Netflix with his dog, Jolene.