Leonardo DiCaprio Posts Emotional Facebook Tribute To Alan Thicke

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After Alan Thicke’s death was announced on Thursday, tributes have flooded onto social media from friends, family and fans alike.

The 69-year-old Growing Pains actor suffered a fatal heart attack while playing hockey with his son, his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.

Since, Leonardo DiCaprio shared a touching message with his followers on Facebook, paying tribute to his on-screen dad in the 1980s American sitcom that jump started DiCaprio’s career.

Although Alan Thicke – father of Blurred Lines‘ Robin Thicke – was best known for playing quintessential TV dad Dr Jason Roland Seaver, Leo confirmed our suspicions: That Thicke was in fact the coolest guy in the room.

Leo wrote:

Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model. He knew how to harness the power of the entertainment industry to be a positive influence in so many lives – including mine.

I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career. He had tremendous class, a huge heart, and he taught me and so many others the valuable lessons about humility and gratitude.

I’ve seen him a number of times over the years and when Alan Thicke walked in the room, quite frankly, no one was cooler. I miss him already – my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Thicke family during this difficult time.

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DiCaprio played the youngest character in the final season of Growing Pains, when the story line saw the family welcome a homeless boy, Luke Brower – portrayed by Leo – into their warm embrace.

Thicke was a multi-faceted entertainer; he was a songwriter, a daytime chat show host and, as Leo so eloquently put it, a ‘role model’.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.