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Actor Alan Thicke dead at 69

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Actor Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69.

The Canadian television icon, most famous for his role as psychiatrist Jason Seaver in hit U.S. sitcom Growing Pains, reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, on Tuesday.

Thicke had many connections to London. He graduated from Western in 1967 and never forgot his time there. Thicke was an active supporter of Western.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Western was remembering Thicke, a 1967 grad, on social media.

Western University tweeted on Tuesday:

"Husband, father, actor, advocate and one of Canada's most familiar faces has passed away. Western mourns the loss of alumnus, Alan Thicke.”

Western News editor Jason Winders tweeted later:

“Remembering the afternoon spent talking 1970s comedy with #AlanThicke. A real icon. We'll miss him.”

The star had just been in London in September for the 2016 edition of London ComicCon.

Andrew Kitt, president of London Comic Con, said at the time that Thicke and his agent contacted him.

“I first received an email from his agent and then the next day my phone rang and it was Alan Thicke on the other end,” Kitt told The London Free Press before the visit.

“We chatted for a bit and he was just as charming as you would expect. It took a couple weeks to sort out his schedule but we have made it work and I couldn’t be happier to have the Canadian legend at our show.”

The Kirkland Lake-born TV host, writer, composer and actor recalled many of his connections here during a Q&A as a celebrity guest at that London Comic Con 2016 appearance.

“It really got my career started,” Thicke said. “Bill Brady, who was a legend at CFPL (the old CFPL-AM), mentored me. He would take out when he was doing an appearance somewhere. He’d introduce me and we’d do a little comedy bit.”

According to TMZ, Alan was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Alan is survived by his widow Tanya Callau and his three sons - Carter, Brennan, and singer Robin Thicke.

In addition to Growing Pains, Alan also hosted popular game shows, and appeared in a number of other hit U.S. comedies. He also wrote the theme songs for programmes such as Diff’rent Strokes and Wheel of Fortune.

He most recently appeared in Fuller House, Netflix’s reboot of the hit 1980s family sitcom Full House.

In what is now his final tweet, he gushed about the success of the new show, writing: “Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in!”

The tweet was posted on Tuesday.

Among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Thicke after the sad news broke via TMZ, newsman Larry King called the actor “A wonderful talent, a wonderful man.”

Quizzed about his illustrious decades-long career by Smashing Interviews Magazine earlier this year, Alan revealed his key to success as a host, actor and songwriter was taking on an adventurous approach with every project he worked on.

“I’d like to think I’ve tried just about everything,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t done. There are several things I’d like to do better.

“The great thing about the entertainment business is that you never know. There’s always that opportunity just around the corner of some other challenge or thing you get invited to do; then you can raise your game.”