Actor Alan Thicke, best known for his portrayal of Jason Seaver in the ’80s sitcom Growing Pains, died Wednesday at age 69 after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday. He had been playing a game of hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter.
“I was in my office [and] probably in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the game, these guys came running in and said, ‘Hey, call 911. We got a guy down.’ So I called immediately and went out there,” Darin Mathewson, the vice president of Pickwick Gardens, told Entertainment Tonight. “In Burbank, the EMTs and the ambulance services are really fast, within a few minutes, and by the time I got out there, they were coming in.”
Despite the pain, Thicke was apparently in good spirits. While he was being loaded into the ambulance, he told his son to take a picture of him being loaded onto the gurney, because he thought it was funny. Reportedly, his last words were a joke to his son were: “Ah, take a shot kiddo.”
Thicke passed away soon after he arrived at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.
RIP to Alan Thicke.
At the very least, he passed on the ice with his son doing what he loved. pic.twitter.com/21PvxaUzqv
— Bring Hockey Back (@BringHockeyBack) December 14, 2016
“He always had a good one-liner after everything,” said Mathewson. “Funny, good, good guy—good man. We’re just going to miss him so much.”
[via Daily Mail]