“My Father passed away today,” Thicke wrote on Instagram. “He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had. Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for the love. Love, your grateful son.”
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Robin told the Los Angeles Times that his father had suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter Thicke.
Carter took to Twitter late Tuesday night to post his own tribute to his father. “Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of its finest,” he wrote alongside a picture with his dad. “You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.”
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
Thicke leaves behind his wife, Callau, and sons Brennan, Robin and Carter.