Just two days before “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke died of a heart attack on Tuesday, Tanya Thicke posted a sweet photo with her husband to Instagram.
Thicke, who has yet to publicly comment about her loss, wrote a caption for her picture showing the couple driving home from a party: “I’ve got the cutest designated driver EVER!!!!”
It’s just one of many photos of her family that Thicke (née Callau), an actress and model, has shared over Instagram.
Having gone on her first date with the late Canadian actor way back in 1999, Thicke has a big supply of throwback photos ― many featuring a young Carter Thicke, Alan’s youngest son from a previous marriage. Carter had been playing hockey with his father when he suffered the heart attack.
Twenty-eight years apart in age, the Thickes married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in May 2005.
Since 2014, they’d starred in a sitcom “Unusually Thicke,” shot mocumentary-style and based on the family’s real life, which aired on Pop TV. The network’s president, Brad Schwartz, called Alan Thicke “an amazing father and a true gentleman” in a statement.
“We had the privilege to work with America’s Favorite Dad, and his loss is one that is deeply felt,” Schwartz wrote.
Shortly after their father’s death, two of the actor’s sons shared words of grief and remembrance. Carter posted a message to Twitter, saying, “Today I lost my best friend and my idol.” His brother Robin Thicke told the Los Angeles Times that Alan Thicke was “the greatest man I ever met” and “always a gentleman.”
Over social media, condolences from celebrities continue to pour in.