Note to human beings with beating hearts: Death is rarely the time to make a political statement.
Canadian-born actor Alan Thicke, known for his portrayal of Jason Seaver, the father on the ’80s sitcom, “Growing Pains,” suffered a heart attack Tuesday while playing hockey with his son Carter, 19.
He was taken to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at the age of 69.
Thicke wax survived by his wife Tanya and his three sons, Robin, Brennan and Carter.
CNN provided this brief glimpse into Thicke’s career.
— CNN (@CNN) December 14, 2016
His fans — including other celebrities — were saddened by the news and took to social media to express their sorrow and thanks for the laughs he’d provided them over the years, as well as condolences to his family.
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America loved Alan Thicke. I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Thicke and his amazing wife Tanya a few years back.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP 😔
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke’s legacy will live on through his countless contributions to the arts, Canada mourns one of its own.
— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) December 14, 2016
Actress Lisa Edelstein, however, turned Thicke’s death into a political statement. She was promptly — and righteously — hammered for it.
RIP Alan Thicke. Seems like everyone is checking out before the Trumpacolypse.
— Lisa Edelstein (@LisaEdelstein) December 14, 2016
@LisaEdelstein wow very classy. You should be ashamed of yourself
— Lauren Cooley (@laurenacooley) December 14, 2016
— Arctic American (@JaynePenelope) December 14, 2016
— Deplorable Nicole 🐸 (@Biegenzahn) December 14, 2016
— 🇺🇸Colorado Grandma (@CoFemale) December 14, 2016
— Red Dirt Ready (@SwTkthe1) December 14, 2016
— Big Kahuna (@BigKahuna919191) December 14, 2016
One person observed that Edelstein currently plays Abby McCarthy in the Bravo series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.”
— TheMoobinator (@manofmanychins) December 14, 2016
Throughout his life, Thicke also hosted game shows, talk shows, and wrote several famous TV show theme songs for “Different Strokes,” “Wheel of Fortune” as well as “Growing Pains,” TMZ reported.
Thicke’s Twitter page had joyful tweets posted less than 24 hours ago. How unexpected life is. A gift to be treasured.
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