When news broke on Tuesday evening that Alan Thicke, who played Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit sitcom Growing Pains, had died many in Hollywood were in shock and disbelief at his sudden passing and reacted via social media.
Sources said that Thicke was very healthy and this news was so unexpected. The actor was even joking earlier in the day on Twitter just hours before he passed about Fuller House. His tweet read:
— Alan Thicke (@Alan_Thicke) December 13, 2016
Condolences and reactions from so many celebs poured in on social media including an emotional tribute from Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke.
Robin’s mother, Gloria Loring, was married to Thicke from 1970 to 1984 and thanked everyone for their kindness during this time writing, “We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family. Rest In Peace, dear one.”
Here are more reactions:
So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 14, 2016
Damn. Loved this guy. Loved his self deprecating sense of humor. Charming, funny and sweet.… https://t.co/mvzwLrVL61
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) December 14, 2016
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
sad to learn of Alan Thicke’s passing. he was a great friend over the years. thoughts & prayers to his family.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 14, 2016
Rest in peace Alan Thicke – You brought so much light, love and humor to the world! Deeply grateful for your friendship and wisdom.
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) December 14, 2016
RIP Alan Thicke. I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2016
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) December 14, 2016
Sad news. One of my favorite TV dad’s has passed…the great @Alan_Thicke at just 69 yrs! I grew up watching him always give good advice
— Natalie Morales (@NMoralesNBC) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 14, 2016
I’m shocked to hear about Allan Thicke. He was a good man who gave me some big breaks in my early days. I’ll miss you buddy.
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) December 14, 2016
So so sad to hear about the passing of #AlanThicke. Such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in love. ❤️
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 14, 2016
.@Alan_Thicke was always so gracious & kind to me. A very very cool guy. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless this great Canadian!
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) December 14, 2016
And Lin-Manuel Miranda remembered Thicke not only for his acting but also his songwriting. He wrote the theme songs for The Facts of Life, Wheel of Fortune and Different Strokes to name a few.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 14, 2016