Alan Thicke, the beloved TV actor who epitomized the role of the sitcom dad, died Tuesday at age 69, his agent told CNN.
“Today the world lost an amazing talent,” said Tracy Mapes with Imperium 7 Talent Agency. She did not provide details regarding the cause of death.
Thicke’s career spanned five decades — one in which he played various roles on and off screen, from actor to writer to composer to author. But he will be remembered most for his role on “Growing Pains,” the hit sitcom featuring his character of Jason Seaver. In the role, Thicke portrayed a corny and collected TV dad who offered wholesome life advice to his family during the 1980s.
Thicke’s ex-wife, singer and actress Gloria Loring, confirmed his death in a statement on Facebook.
“It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family,” she said. “Rest In Peace, dear one.”