In a brief conversation with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday night after the news broke, Robin called his father as “the greatest man I ever met” and “always a gentleman.” The “Blurred Lines” singer confirmed Alan’s passing by adding, “The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure. I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”
Robin then took to Instagram later that evening to say a few heartfelt words about Alan’s death. “My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had,” he wrote. “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 Thicke, also took to social media on Tuesday night to pay tribute to his late father. “Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it’s finest,” he tweeted. “You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.”
Alan Thicke, 69, died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey. The Growing Pains star is survived by his wife Tanya Callau and his three children, Robin, Brennan, and Carter.~Shelby Morton
Take a look below to see some other touching messages from celebrities all around Hollywood, including from Robin’s ex-wife Paula Patton:
— Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016
I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. ❤️ My heart hurts. A photo posted by Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) on
— Dave Coulier (@DaveCoulier) December 14, 2016
America loved Alan Thicke. I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) 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
So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan. — bob saget (@bobsaget) 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
So so sad to hear about the passing of #AlanThicke. Such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in love. ❤️
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 14, 2016
Rest in peace Alan Thicke – You brought so much light, love and humor to the world! Deeply grateful for your friendship and wisdom. — Ed Helms (@edhelms) December 14, 2016
So tragic to hear the news of the passing of Alan Thicke. God Bless his family at this tough time.
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) 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
sad to learn of Alan Thicke’s passing. he was a great friend over the years. thoughts & prayers to his family.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 14, 2016