Alan Thicke's cause of death was ruptured aorta, coroner says

Alan Thicke, pictured in 2015 at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Burbank. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The cause of Alan Thicke's death was a ruptured aorta, the coroner's office revealed on Wednesday.

Thicke died last week at the age of 69.

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He was best known for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC sitcom, "Growing Pains." For seven seasons, from 1985 to 1992, ee and his co-stars kept America laughing for 167 episodes.

He was a diehard hockey fan who was on the ice with his 19-year-old son, Carter, at Burbank's Pickwick Ice arena when he suffered what was then described as a heart attack.

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Thicke married three times and had three sons, including singer Robin Thicke.
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