Alan Thicke, Growing Pains actor and father of singer Robin Thicke, dead at 69

Canadian actor Alan Thicke, best known for his leading role in Growing Pains died of a heart attack at the age of 69.
Canadian actor Alan Thicke, best known for his leading role in Growing Pains died of a heart attack at the age of 69.PHOTO: REUTERS
Actor Alan Thicke arriving for the premiere of National Lampoon Presents One, Two, Many in Los Angeles, California, US, on April 10, 2008.
Actor Alan Thicke arriving for the premiere of National Lampoon Presents One, Two, Many in Los Angeles, California, US, on April 10, 2008.PHOTO: REUTERS
Alan Thicke and wife Tanya Callau Thicke arrive during the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on March 3, 2013.
Alan Thicke and wife Tanya Callau Thicke arrive during the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on March 3, 2013.PHOTO: REUTERS
Actor and honouree Alan Thicke shaking hands with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer during Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept 21, 2013.
Actor and honouree Alan Thicke shaking hands with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer during Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept 21, 2013.PHOTO: REUTERS
Alan Thicke and Tanya Callau arriving at 17th Carousel of Hope of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California, US, on Oct 28, 2006.
Alan Thicke and Tanya Callau arriving at 17th Carousel of Hope of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California, US, on Oct 28, 2006. PHOTO: REUTERS

San Francisco (REUTERS) - Alan Thicke, the Canadian actor best known for his leading role in the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains as well as for being the father of singer Robin Thicke, has died, a source close to the family said on Tuesday (Dec 13). He was 69.

The Los Angeles Times, quoting Robin Thicke's publicist, said Alan Thicke died of a heart attack.

More recently Thicke was set to appear in Fuller House, a remake of the popular 1990s family sitcom. "Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I'm not in!" Thicke said in a tweet earlier on Tuesday.