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Alan Thicke, actor and dad on ‘80s sitcom ‘Growing Pains,’ dies at 69

The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Alan Thicke, an actor best-known for helping set a template for parenting ideals in the ‘80s sitcom “Growing Pains,” has died of a heart attack. He was 69.

Alan Thicke and Frau Weisler pose together during a dinner for the cast of the musical Chicago in July 1988 in Costa Mesa, Calif. Thicke died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/TNS

His death was confirmed with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday evening by the publicist of his son, pop-soul singer Robin Thicke.

A songwriter and producer during his career in addition to being an actor and presenter, the Canadian-born Thicke had continued to appear in TV roles up through this year, including recent appearances on NBC’s drama “This Is Us” and Netflix’s “Fuller House.”

“Season 2 Fuller House looking good,” read a post on Thicke’s Twitter feed from three hours ago. “I even like the ones I’m not in! #fullerhouse.”