Growing Pains Stars Pay Tribute to Alan Thicke

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As long as they’ve got each other, they can get through Alan Thicke‘s untimely death together. 

After the Growing Pains patriarch’s sudden passing Tuesday following a heart attack, members of his TV family have taken to social media to honor Thicke’s memory and legacy. 

Though the 69-year-old starred on dozens of shows over the span of decades in Hollywood, there is no role he is more famous for than that of Dr. Jason Seaver on the seven-season ABC series. 

As his on-screen teenage son Kirk Cameron penned, co-stars, family and fans alike will cherish their memories of the star “sharing the laughter and love”—a line from the show’s iconic theme song. 

“I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my ‘TV dad.’ I’m shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death,” Cameron wrote on Instagram. “Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him. Chelsea and I send our love and prayers to his family tonight. We will cherish the memories…’sharing the laughter and love.'”

Thicke’s on-camera leading lady Joanna Kerns also remembered the actor fondly on Twitter. “I loved Alan- he was one of the smartest and funniest men I have ever known- we shared a life changing success and friendship,” she tweeted. “Alan made me laugh everyday-usually at myself. Loved you dearly RIP old friend.”

As TMZ first reported, the actor was playing hockey with his real-life teenage son, Carter, when he suffered a heart attack and was brought to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon. 

“Alan was healthy and his heart attack was a complete shock,” a source shared with E! News. “Robin [Thicke] is devastated and surrounded by loved ones.” 

Robin later took to social media, referring to his father as “the best man” he ever knew. 

“My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had,” he wrote. “Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son.”

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