“RIP Alan Thicke. Seems like everyone is checking out before the Trumpacolypse.”
That’s what actress Lisa Edelstein tweeted after the death of the actor best known for his role as the father on the sitcom “Growing Pains.”
She was referring to the fact that so many famous people have died since President-elect Donald Trump won Nov. 8, including astronaut John Glenn, rock star Greg Lake, “Brady Bunch” star Florence Henderson, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and other notables.
Edelstein’s tweet has caused some controversy, reports In Touch Weekly.
Summing up the opinion of many on Twitter, one person tweeted: “Absolutely insensitive and unnecessary. Someone’s father, husband and grandfather died today. Do not politicize it.”
Breitbart, the website formerly run by Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, politicized Thicke’s death by reprimanding Edelstein for politicizing his death. The site’s headline reads “Lisa Edelstein Uses Alan Thicke’s Death To Attack Donald Trump.”
The actor died on Dec. 13 in Burbank, California, while playing ice hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, reports The New York Times. The cause of death was a heart attack, according to Thicke’s ex-wife, Gloria Loring. “He died the way any good Canadian should–playing hockey with his son.”
Thicke was born Alan Willis Jeffrey on March 1, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, notes the obituary in The Times.
His character on “Growing Pains,” the psychiatrist Dr. Jason Seaver, was a classic sitcom dad, earning him a ranking in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.”
He was also a songwriter, penning themes for numerous game shows, including “The Joker’s Wild,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes” and the original “Wheel of Fortune.” He also co-wrote the theme songs for “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.”
He briefly hosted his own talk-show, “Thicke of the Night,” which ran during the 1983-84 season.”
As a television writer, he worked on the satirical talk show “Fernwood Tonight” (1977), which was a spinoff of the sitcom “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” one of the strangest prime-time programs ever.
He jokingly referred to himself as “the affordable Shatner,” referring to fellow Canadian actor, William Shatner.
Sources: In Touch Weekly, The New York Times / Photo credit: Canadian Film Centre/Flickr