Reports of actor Alan Thicke's sudden death continue to send shockwaves throughout the country. The father of three, including "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke, collapsed Tuesday after playing a game of hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter. Thicke, who was conscious and in good spirits when he entered the ambulance, even cracked a joke. The 69-year-old asked his son Carter to take a picture of him lying on the stretcher. Just hours prior to his death, Thicke posted a comment about the new season of "Fuller House," jokingly saying he even liked the episodes he was not in. The Canadian-born actor would later be pronounced dead from a fatal heart attack around 3:00 p.m.

EST at the Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center located in Burbank, California.

Best known for his role as lovable father Dr. Jason Seaver on the 80's sitcom "Growing Pains," Thicke started his career in the entertainment industry as a writer. In the 1970's, Thicke worked as a writer for Barry Manilow's talk show for which he received three Emmy Award nominations. Perhaps one of the greatest yet smallest known tidbits about Thicke is his contribution by way of music composition for some very popular TV shows.

Sounds familiar

To this day, generations of people hum catchy tunes written by Alan Thicke. Unbeknownst to some, Thicke wrote the theme music for the game show "Wheel of Fortune." Before that, he teamed up with then-wife Gloria Loring and Al Burton to write the theme songs for nostalgic sitcoms like "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life." Loring, who played singer Liz Chandler on the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives," is the mother of Thicke's sons Robin and Brennan.

In 1988, Thicke was engaged to actress Kristy Swanson when she was 19 and he was 42.

A storied career that ran the gamut

Part of Thicke's successful career path included playing host for the celebrity game show "Animal Crackups." He is also seen in quite a few Hallmark channel family Christmas-themed movies and in TV commercials endorsing a company that distributes home-delivered diabetes equipment.

Alan Thicke was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2013. He leaves behind his wife Tanya, three sons, and two grandchildren.

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