Celebrities were quick to take to social media to express their sadness at the death of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke on Tuesday.
The actor died following a heart attack. He was 69.
Kirk Cameron – who played his son on the late Eighties, early Nineties sitcom – led the tributes as he posted an old still of the two of them together.
The 46-year-old actor wrote: ‘I spent Monday through Friday for seven important years with Alan Thicke as my “TV dad.”
‘I’m shocked and truly heartbroken today at the news of his death. Alan was a generous, kind and loving man. I am so blessed to have grown up with him.
‘Chelsea and I send our love and prayers to his family tonight. We will cherish the memories… “sharing the laughter and love.”‘
As one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s first roles was on Growing Pains, he took to his personal Facebook to share a few kind words about the veteran actor as he wrote: ‘Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model.
‘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.’
Charmed star Alyssa Milano wrote: ‘Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.’
Thicke had recently made a guest appearance on Fuller House and Lori Loughlin, who reprised her role as beck from the original on the reboot, said she was ‘so sad’ to hear of the Canadian actor’s death.
Fuller House star Bob Saget described Thicke as ‘such a good husband, father, brother and friend.’
‘He will be deeply missed,’ Saget added.
Thicke had been playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter when he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
He is also survived by sons Robin, 39, and Brennan, 41, and his third wife Tanya.
Full House and Fuller House‘s Candace Cameron Bure posted a photo of the two of them together on the Netflix series set.
She wrote: ‘I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House.’
‘You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. ❤️ My heart hurts.’
‘So so sad to hear about the passing of #AlanThicke,’ wrote actress Olivia Munn. ‘Such a nice guy….. rest in love.’
‘My thoughts and prayers are with his family,’ singer Demi Lovato tweeted.
Meanwhile, actress Paula Patton, who was Thicke’s daughter-in-law for many years and the mother of his grandson Julian, posted an inspirational poem by Mother Teresa to her Instagram Tuesday evening.
Patton, who divorced Robin Thicke in 2015, simply captioned the text with a heart symbol.
Former CNN chat show host Larry King recalled Thicke as ‘a wonderful talent, a wonderful man.’
Ryan Seacrest said Thicke had been ‘a great friend’ while Russell Simmmons declared via Twitter: ‘The world has lost an icon.’
Canadian singer Anne Murray described herself as ‘devastated’ by Thicke’s passing , adding that as well as being a friend, he had also written and produced many of her television specials over the years.
Ben Stiller, in tweeting a tribute to Thicke, revealed that his first job in Los Angeles had been as an intern for the late star.
Stiller, son of comedian Jerry Stiller and actress Anne Meara, described Thicke as being ‘a very nice boss.’
‘Sending good thoughts to his family,’ he wrote.
Singer and songwriter John Legend also took to Twitter to express his sadness.
‘I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me,’ Legend tweeted.
Robin himself broke his silence late Tuesday night to pay tribute to his father even as he dealt with his personal grief.
Speaking to the LA Times, he said his father was ‘the greatest man I ever met’ and ‘always a gentleman.’
The Blurred Lines hitmaker added: ‘I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.’
Thicke’s youngest son Carter, with whom he was on the ice at a Burbank rink when he suffered his heart attack, shared a photo of the two of them together to his Instagram.
‘Today I lost my best friend and my idol,’ the teen wrote. ‘You are a legend and I love you Pops.’
Gloria Loring, Thicke’s first wife and the mother of his sons Robin and Brennan, tweeted her thanks to all those who had reached out to her after hearing of her former husband’s death.
The singer and actress, who was divorced from Thicke in 1983, said his death had come as ‘a shock.’
‘We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Rachel McGrath