Robin Thicke has honored his father, Alan Thicke, following his sudden death on Dec. 13 at the age of 69. “My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew,” Robin wrote in a note on Instagram. “The best friend I ever had. Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in."
Alan Thicke, who many grew up with on TV, suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with son Carter and was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He was later pronounced dead, TMZ reports. Thicke made a name for himself in entertainment in his native Canada before entering the U.S. industry, and became the star of ABC's Growing Pains from 1985-1992. He also composed the theme songs for Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life and Wheel of Fortune.
Carter, 19, also paid tribute to his father on Twitter, saying, "Today I lost my best friend and my idol." Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier and other actors shared their love for Thicke as well. He actor recently guest starred on the second season of Netflix's Fuller House.
Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time. pic.twitter.com/ZQd2NZMTx4— Carter Thicke (@CarterThicke) December 14, 2016
I'm so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan. 😢— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) December 14, 2016
So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 14, 2016
America loved Alan Thicke. I'm so sad he's gone. Sending so much love to his family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
Below, watch Robin Thicke show off his adorable Alan Thicke impression to Fuse: