Alan Thicke Update: 'Growing Pains' Star Dies At 69, Son Robin & Other Celebs React [VIDEO]

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TV icon Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy of beloved shows.

Thicke died Tuesday after having a heart attack while playing hockey with one his sons, Carter. The 69-year-old was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. where he was pronounced dead, as reported by TMZ and later confirmed by his publicist.

The TV legend was known for playing father Jason Seaver on sitcom Growing Pains and also for composing the theme songs for Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, and numerous game shows, including the original theme to Wheel of Fortune. He was also a prominent talk show host through the '80s.

Thicke is survived by his wife, Tanya Callau, and three sons, Robin, Brennan and Carter. The multi-hyphenate was married three times, to Gloria Loring from 1970-84, to Gina Tolleson from 1994-99 and to Callau from 2005 to his death.

Robin, who has gone on to great success himself, spoke of his father in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, calling him "the greatest man I ever met," adding that he was "always a gentleman."

While Alan's death was sudden, Robin did get to tell him a few days previously that he loved him.

"I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him," he said.

Carter also posted a touching message on his Instagram page:

Meanwhile, Loring spoke kindly of her ex-husband in an interview with Us Weekly.

"Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke's passing. It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving," she said. "He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one."

News of Thicke's passing shocked and saddened the entertainment community. Messages and tweets began pouring in from celebrities:

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