Alan Thicke, who has died age 69. Image Credit: AP

Canadian actor Alan Thicke, best known for his leading role in the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains” as well as being the father of singer Robin Thicke, died on Tuesday, his spokeswoman said. He was 69.

“Alan’s sudden passing has been confirmed. At present, we have no further details,” Monique Moss said in a brief email.

A source close to the family told Reuters by telephone that Thicke suffered a heart attack and was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Celebrity news outlet TMZ reported that Thicke had been playing hockey with his 19-year-old son when he died.

More recently Thicke was set to appear in “Fuller House,” a remake of the popular 1990s family sitcom.

“Season 2 Fuller House looking good. I even like the ones I’m not in!” Thicke said in a tweet earlier on Tuesday.