March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016, 69 years old
The Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host Alan Thicke died from a heart attack while playing ice hockey at an ice rink in Burbank with his 19-year-old son, Carter.
Alan Thicke was best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains, which ran for seven seasons. The favorite TV dad Alan Thicke loved to play ice hockey. He died while doing what he loved. It wasn’t a bad way to go, really! His nose was broken by Gordie Howe in a celebrity hockey game. In 2003 while playing hockey with actor Michael Vartan, Alan Thicke lost five teeth and required 30 stitches after getting hit in the face by a flying puck. Alan Thicke was not wearing sufficient headgear at the time.