We’re still processing the news of Alan Thicke‘s untimely death, especially since new details have emerged about the moments right before the Growing Pains alum died. How awful.
As we previously reported, the beloved TV dad passed away on Tuesday after suffering from a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter at the Pickwick Gardens ice skating rink in Burbank, CA. Thicke was pronounced dead at the at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center — he was 69 years old.
And although Robin Thicke‘s dad didn’t survive his heart attack, he did receive immediate care as the ice rink’s vice president, named Darin Mathewson, revealed:
“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. In Burbank, the EMTs and the ambulance services are really fast, within a few minutes, and by the time I got out there, they were coming in.”
Mathewson told Entertainment Tonight that the Hope & Gloria performer was still “coherent” when the EMTs arrived as he was still moving around and talking to his son. However, Alan had been vomiting prior to the emergency personnel’s arrival. Darin continued:
“He said he had pain in his chest, but his color was not good. He was a little grey. When the ambulance got here they checked his vitals … and they put him on the gurney, sat him up.”
We can only imagine how scary this whole situation was for Carter. And it seems as though the industry vet tried to squash any concerns people had about his health as he asked his flesh-and-blood to take a photo of him AND reassured onlookers he was doing just fine. The eyewitness added:
“On his way out he asked his son to take a picture. He goes, ‘Ah, take a shot kiddo’ and he did and off they went. He had Carter take a picture of him, and said, ‘Make sure you get the rink in the background’ as they were taking him out of here. When he went by us, he gave us the thumbs up, like, ‘I’m doing good guys, I’m good.'”
Wow, even while dying Alan tried to make others happy. Still, we’re not sure Thicke’s son will ever be the same as Darin said Carter was “very shaken up by the whole thing”. So sad!
Obviously, our thoughts are with Alan’s loved ones during this particularly sad time.