Actor Alan Thicke died on Tuesday at age 69 after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son.
His eldest son, pop singer Robin Thicke has spoken out about the sudden and tragic passing of his dad saying “he was the best man I ever knew.”
Robin, 39, took to Instagram saying, “My Father passed away today. 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 you love. Love, you grateful son.”
The singer also spoke to the Los Angeles Times earlier in the night where he said his dad was “always a gentleman.”
“The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure,” he said. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”
More information has been provided about Alan Thicke’s last moments by vice president of Pickwick Gardens, (the ice-skating rink where father and son were playing hockey) Darin Mathewson who placed the 911 call when Thicke collapsed at the rink.
“I was in my office and probably in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the game, these guys came running in and said, ‘Hey. call 911. We got a guy down.’ So I called immediately and went out there,” Mathewson said. “In Burbank, the EMTs and the ambulance services are really fast, within a few minutes, and by the time I got out there, they were coming in.”
Mathewson said that Thicke was initially vomiting and not feeling well but was well enough to speak to the ambulance crew when they arrived.
“He said he had pain in his chest, but his color was not good. He was a little grey,” he added. “When the ambulance got here they checked his vitals … and they put him on the gurney, sat him up.”
Thicke then asked his son to take a photo of him as he was being taken to the hospital. “On his way out he asked his son to take a picture. He goes, ‘Ah, take a shot kiddo’ and he did and off they went.”
“He had Carter take a picture of him, and said, ‘Make sure you get the rink in the background’ as they were taking him out of here,” he added. “When he went by us, he gave us the thumbs up, like, ‘I’m doing good guys, I’m good.'”
Such a tragic passing of a beloved actor, husband and father. Our sincerest condolence go out to the whole family, especially his children.
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