Singer Robin Thicke's father, actor Alan Thicke, has died aged 69

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Robin Thicke has paid tribute to his father, Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, following his death aged 69.

The actor died from a heart attack on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Robin's publicist Carleen Donovan said.

The Blurred Lines singer told the Los Angeles Times his father was "the greatest man I ever met" and "always a gentleman".

Obit Alan Thicke

He confirmed that Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter, and that one of the last things he said was a compliment to his son on a nice shot, the Los Angeles Times said.

"The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure," the star said.

"I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him."
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Alan Thicke starred as Dr Jason Seaver in the ABC series Growing Pains, which aired from 1985 until 1992.

The Canadian-born actor had a prolific career, including cameos in recent years on the comedy How I Met Your Mother.

Celebrity website TMZ first reported the death.