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RIP Alan Thicke: Son Robin, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Justin Trudeau & More Celebs Pay Tribute

by Ryan Middleton   Dec 14, 2016 10:19 AM EST

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TV actor Alan Thicke died Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the age of 69 after reportedly having a heart attack. He was best known for his role as the dad in the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains. He also wrote some big TV theme songs such as "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes," the song for NBC's The Wizard of Odds, Celebrity Sweepstakes and many more. As a star in Growing Pains and an important figure in the entertainment industry since, many including his son Robin Thicke, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others, have mourned his death.

Robin Thicke spoke to the LA Times on Tuesday evening and called his father "the greatest man I have ever met." He also said that his father was "always a gentleman." Robin would confirm that his father had a heart attack playing hockey with his son Carter and one of the last things he said was to compliment Carter on a nice shot.

More celebrities and musicians paid tribute to Thicke on social media as well. Thanks 2016 for taking another legend.

 

 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.

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