Twitter Reacts To The Death Of Beloved 'Growing Pains' Dad Alan Thicke

"America loved Alan Thicke."

The entertainment world has lost another beloved star. Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who famously played father Jason Seaver on the family sitcom Growing Pains (1985-1992), passed away on Tuesday at the age of 69. He suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter.

His onscreen son Kirk Cameron reacted to the news on Facebook overnight, writing, "Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him. Chelsea [Noble, his wife and fellow Growing Pains star] and I send our love and prayers to his family tonight. We will cherish the memories... 'sharing the laughter and love.' "

Thicke was also a real-life father to three sons. His youngest, 19-year-old Carter, shared a photo of himself and his dad on Twitter, adding that he "lost my best friend and my idol."

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Singer Robin Thicke told the Los Angeles Times that his father was "the greatest man I ever met." He added, "The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure ... I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him."

Alan Thicke was a songwriter himself, having written theme songs for several game shows and sitcoms, including The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes. More recently, Thicke appeared in the second season of Netflix series Fuller House, as well as NBC hit This Is Us.

Many on Twitter, from his co-stars to his fans, reacted to Thicke's death with sadness and kind words. Much like when TV mom Florence Henderson passed away last month, some spoke of him in parental terms.

Read some of Twitter's touching tributes to Thicke below:

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