“Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke was playing hockey with his son in Burbank prior to his sudden death Tuesday.
The well-known actor regularly played at Pickwick Ice with his son Carter Thicke and was involved in a pickup game when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed to the ice about 11:30 a.m., witnesses said.
Pop-soul singer Robin Thicke confirmed to the Los Angeles Times his father had suffered a heart attack while playing hockey.
A manager at the ice rink said emergency personnel arrived quickly to help Alan Thicke.
“We called 911 and within a couple of minutes the paramedics were here and they took him away,” Pickwick Ice Operations Manager Kyle Stavert said.
Alan Thicke was even joking around with his son while emergency crews put him on a stretcher, Stavert said.
“He was talking, he was alert … He seemed to be in good spirits when he left,” Stavert said.
A lineup card from the rink showed Carter Thicke and his father were on the same line together during the game.
Alan Thicke was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.
Alan Thicke was best known for his acting, especially on the hit sitcom “Growing Pains,” but he was also a producer and writer.
Alan Thicke even composed the theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes and Wheel of Fortune, among others.
Both Carter and Robin Thicke took to Instagram to express their thoughts on their father.
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Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest. I have never known a more kind, loving, hairy, and generous person in my life and I am forever grateful for the light that this man brought to my life and so many others. You will be missed every second of every day. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.
“Growing Pains” co-star Kirk Cameron also posted a message to his former “TV dad” on social media.