Stunned Canadians are coming together on social media to mourn the sudden death of Alan Thicke, a homegrown star whose legend will only grow on news he died playing hockey in Los Angeles with his son. On Tuesday night, Carter took to Twitter with a post that read, "Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest. When you pretend to love someone day after day, year after year, you see all their faults and foibles and learn to accept them as they are, separate from you, and there is a connection that happens that is hard to explain", she said in a statement, obtained by Entertainment Tonight.
The 42-year-old isn't the only actor from the show to comment on the impact Thicke had on their life - Kirk Cameron, who starred in the series from 1985 to 1992, has also paid tribute to his "TV dad".
The Hollywood icon was all over the place, appearing in a variety of shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Joey, American Dad, Lamb Chop in the Haunted Studio, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! I am so blessed to have grown up with him. The Canadian-born entertainer, an National Hockey League fanatic and all-round sports fan, was also remembered for naming one of his three sons after two baseball legends, former Toronto Blue Jays player Joe Carter, and ex-Montreal Expos player Gary Carter. We got a guy down.' So I called immediately and went out there.
"Brennan sent me a text because he was on the way to the hospital", she recalled.
"I am in absolute shock and so unbelievably sad".
She said: "He loved his family so much". We weren't just a TV family. He was the centerpiece to our family and I can't imagine going forward. He was always there when they needed him.
I am devastated by Alan's passing and will be for some time. He is also survived by his widow Tanya Callau, who he Wednesday in 2005.