Let's set aside our prior criticisms of Robin Thicke for a moment and give the musician some space to grieve.
The “Blurred Lines” singer attending father Alan Thicke's funeral in Santa Barbara on Tuesday with girlfriend April Love Geary.
Robin was visibly emotional during his father's burial.
Alan, beloved actor and “Growing Pains” sitcom dad — who, to the world's delight, gave homeless dream teen Luke Brower (a pre-Pussy Posse Leonardo DiCaprio) a place to live when ratings were low — died of a heart attack last Wednesday at the age of 69.
Following his father's death, Robin shared a note to Instagram expressing his sorrow.
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 was playing a hockey game at Burbank's Pickwick Gardens ice rink with his 19-year-old son, Carter, when he suffered the heart attack.
The vice president of Pickwick Gardens, Darin Mathewson, told Entertainment Tonight,
I was in my office [and] probably in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the game, these guys came running in and said, 'Hey. call 911. We got a guy down.' So I called immediately and went out there… I felt bad for Carter, I could see he was very shaken up by the whole thing. Funny, good, good guy – good man. We're just going to miss him so much.
An ambulance was called to the scene following Alan's episode and, though the actor appeared to be in good spirits, he was driven to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center where he died that afternoon.
Alan is survived by Robin, Carter, his son Brennan and his wife Tanya Callau.