Alan Thicke passed away at age 69 on Dec. 13. While it was initially reported that the actor — who was best known for his role as Jason Seaver in Growing Pains, and more recently, as Mike on Fuller House — passed away from a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, his official cause of death has now been revealed. Alan's death certificate says he died from a "ruptured aorta" and a "standard type A aortic dissection," People confirms. He was immediately transported to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, CA, but his certificate says he died just minutes after the rupture. He is survived by wife Tanya and his three sons, Robin, Brennan, and Carter.
Robin spoke to The LA Times after the news broke and called his father "the greatest man I ever met" and "always a gentleman." "The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure. I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him," he added. Alan's Fuller House costar, fellow TV dad Bob Saget, also tweeted his condolences that same evening.
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