The way the “Growing Pains” cast honored Alan Thicke is making us sob

On Tuesday we had to say goodbye to Alan Thicke, who died of a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his son. Thicke’s death came as a shock to his family, since they had just spent Thanksgiving together, and no one saw this coming. He was only 69 years old, and he leaves behind his wife, three sons, and many loved ones, including his fans.

Thicke was best known for his role as the psychiatrist father Jason Seaver in the beloved ’80s sitcom Growing Pains. He was everyone’s favorite dad — supportive, funny, and always loving. He was even given the nickname America’s Dad, and TV Guide named Dr. Jason Seaver as number 37 on the list of “50 Greatest TV Dads.” In 1988 he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role on Growing Pains.

Long after his reign on Growing Pains ended, Thicke was still widely loved across the country. He was a songwriter, a talk show host, and an avid watcher of hockey. Since we learned of his untimely death, the cast of Growing Pains has come forward on social media to pay their respects and trade fond memories of Thicke.

Joanna Kerns played Thicke’s wife in the show, and she told actor Daniel Franzese on Twitter how much she appreciated the role Thicke played in her life. false false

Kirk Cameron played Thicke’s oldest son on Growing Pains, posted a photo on Instagram remembering his “TV dad.”

"I'm shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death. Alan was a generous, kind and loving man."

Leonardo DiCaprio even took to Facebook to mourn the loss the actor. He wrote:

“Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model, he wrote. “He knew how to harness the power of the entertainment industry to be a positive influence in so many lives – including mine. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career. He had tremendous class, a huge heart, and he taught me and so many others the valuable lessons about humility and gratitude. I’ve seen him a number of times over the years and when Alan Thicke walked in the room, quite frankly, no one was cooler. I miss him already – my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Thicke family during this difficult time.

Tracey Gold, who played his on-screen daughter, tweeted “I just can’t find the words right now.” Neither can we.

It is with a heavy heat that we read these memories of Alan Thicke. The cast of Growing Pains aren’t the only ones paying tribute to Thick. Many celebrities have come forward to express sadness over his death.

We wish Thicke’s family all the best during this time of mourning. And we’ll never forget how he touched all our hearts as Jason Seaver.

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