Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Trudeau and fellow Canadian actors William Shatner and Jason Priestley are just a few of the stars that have taken to social media to express their sincere sadness over the death of Alan Thicke. The Canadian icon passed away on Tuesday from a heart attack at the age of 69.
Also mourning the Growing Pains star is his loving family, including his son Robin Thicke, who penned a touching tribute to his later father on Instagram. It reads: "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 your love. Love, your grateful son."
Alan's youngest son Carter, with whom he was playing hockey with when he suffered a massive heart attack, tweeted: "Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of its finest. You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time."
Alan's Growing Pains co-star Leonardo DiCaprio shared his fond memories of working with one of TV's greatest fathers, writing, "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."
Here, Hollywood remembers one of its brightest stars.
America loved Alan Thicke. I'm so sad he's gone. Sending so much love to his family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 14, 2016
Shocked and sad to hear about the passing of my old friend @Alan_Thicke. He was one of the good guys in Hollywood. We'll miss u on the ice!
— Jason Priestley (@Jason_Priestley) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke was proudly Canadian, never forgetting his roots as he soared to stardom. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 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
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
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 14, 2016
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and Leafs fan Alan Thicke. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/0Nf23n9WTT
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 14, 2016
— Justin Hartley (@justinhartley) December 14, 2016
Life is short and so fragile. We are so saddened to hear about Alan Thicke our thoughts and prayers go out to his family
— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke was one of the nicest guys in our business. And he LOVED his family. And hockey. A shocking, sad loss.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 14, 2016
Just heard of #AlanThicke's passing. 1st job in LA was as an intern for him... He was a very nice boss. Sending good thoughts to his family.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) 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