UPDATE — (2/1/17) Our hearts are breaking for Alan Thicke’s beloved family all over again. Nearly a month and a half after losing his beloved father, 19-year-old Carter Thicke has opened up more about the last day he saw him alive. As previously reported, Carter had been playing hockey with his dad and a few friends when his dad suddenly needed to go to the hospital–and passed away shortly after arrival.
“The ambulance came and the paramedics had stabilized him and everything seemed fine,” Carter said. “I got to give him a hug and said, ‘I love you,’ and that was the last time I saw him.… He was, like, the perfect dad.”
We’re continuing to keep Carter and the rest of Alan’s family in our thoughts and prayers.
(12/15/16) In Alan Thicke’s final days, the late actor appeared to be the picture of good health. The ‘Growing Pains’ star also seemed to be in good spirits—especially while around his family.
No one could’ve imagined he’d soon be dead of a heart attack at age 69.
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The weekend before he passed away, Thicke’s wife Tanya shared a sweet photo of the two in the car together on the way to a Christmas party—which would ultimately be the last one he’d ever attend.
“Cutest designated driver EVER,” she gushed in the Instagram post.
At the party itself, he appeared to presumably be in good shape to the guests. He gladly posed for pictures with friends.
Indeed, he remained active up until the day of his death on Tuesday. While playing hockey with his teenage son Carter and a few friends, he was suddenly forced to sit down midway through the game.
Though he reassured the others that he was fine, Carter thought otherwise and had someone at the hockey rink call 911.
And when the first responders arrived and put him in a stretcher, he was still joking around with the group. He even had Carter take a photo of him on the stretcher, making sure to get the hockey rink in the background.
“Ah, take a shot, kiddo,” he reportedly said.
He also reportedly told all in attendance that he would be fine.
Tragically, he died shortly after reaching the hospital.
After his death, Carter shared an emotional message on Twitter with his fans and followers, tugging on heartstrings all over the world.
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
One of Thicke’s other sons, the singer Robin Thicke, also paid an emotional tribute to his late father, calling his dad the “greatest man I have ever met” and “always a gentleman.”
It’s clear that “America’s dad” always kept his family and loved ones a top priority, even up until the very end. And it looks like the feeling couldn’t be more mutual.
We are keeping the family and friends of Alan Thicke in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.
NEXT: See the celebrities that passed away in 2016 below.
Celebs Who Died Debbie Reynolds
The legendary Hollywood actress, 84, suffered a stroke on December 28 and died hours later, one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.
Celebs Who Died In 2016 Carrie Fisher
The iconic actress, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, sadly passed away Dec. 27 at age 60 after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to LA.
Celebs Who Died In 2016 George Michael Celeb Deaths
Pop star George Michael suffered heart failure and was found dead in his home in England on Christmas Day, 2016 at only 53 years old. The British songwriter had sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the duo Wham! and as a solo artist.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor
The Hungarian actress and socialite famous for her glamorous lifestyle and marriages passed away at age 99 due to heart failure.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Alan Thicke
The Growing Pains actor passed away at age 69. Carleen Donovan, a publicist for Thicke's son Robin, told the Associated Press the actor died from a heart attack.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 John Glenn
The first man to orbit the Earth passed away at age 95 after being hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center since last week. He had been battling health issues since a stroke a few years ago.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Peter Vaughan
The actor, famous for his roles on Porridge and Game of Thrones passed away at age 93, "peacefully with his family around him."
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Florence Henderson
The actress famous for playing The Brady Bunch mom died of heart failure at age 82.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Leonard Cohen
The influential singer and poet died at age 82 from an unnamed cause. His death was confirmed by his label on Facebook on November 11.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Arnold Palmer
The champion golfer died at age 87 from complications of heart problems on September 25.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Gene Wilder
The 83-year-old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star died at home in Stamford, CT, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on August 29.
Celebrities Who Died in 2016 Don Marshall
The actor, who appeared on TV shows including Star Trek, Land of the Giants, and Julia, died October 30 in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones. He was 80.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Muhammad Ali
The legendary boxer and civil rights champion died at age 74 of septic shock after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease on June 3.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Prince
The legendary "Purple Rain" performer died at age 57 of an accidental overdose on April 21.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Doris Roberts
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Merle Haggard
The country music legend died on his 79th birthday of double pneumonia on April 6.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Joey Feek
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Patty Duke
The Oscar-winning actress died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at age 69 on March 29.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Harper Lee
The author of To Kill a Mockingbird died in her sleep at age 89 on February 19.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Alan Rickman
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 Glenn Frey
The founding member of the Eagles died at age 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia on January 18.
Celebrities Who Died In 2016 David Bowie
The iconic singer passed away at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer on January 10.