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Alan Thicke and 8 Other Celebrities Who Suffered Fatal Heart Attacks

By    |   Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:18 AM

Alan Thicke, the veteran actor probably best now known as the dad on "Growing Pains," died Tuesday, reportedly of a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was 69.

Thicke suffered a heart attack around noon Tuesday while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, and was rushed to a hospital near the Burbank, California, skating rink, where he was pronounced dead, TMZ reported.

According to the Heart Foundation, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds in the United States, and someone dies from a heart disease-related event every 60 seconds.

Here are eight other celebrities who have succumbed to the "silent killer":

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1. James Gandolfini — The "Sopranos" star was just 51 when he died of a massive heart attack while on vacation in Italy in 2013. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

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2. Peter Finch — The "Network" actor suffered a heart attack in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1977 and died at age 60. (Metro Goldwyn Mayer via IMDb)

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3. John Candy — The funnyman, known for his roles in films like "Spaceballs," "Uncle Buck," and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," died in 1994 while on vacation in Mexico. He was 43. (AP Photo)

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4. Jerry Garcia — In 1995 at age 53, the Grateful Dead rocker was found dead at a rehab clinic where he had been trying to kick a drug habit. (AP Photo/Steve Senna)

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5. Luther Vandross — After years of struggling with health problems, Vandross succumbed to a heart attack in 2005 at age 54. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)

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6. Celeste Holm — The old Hollywood star of "Come to the Stable" (1949) and "All About Eve" (1950) suffered a fatal heart attack in 2012. She was 95. (AP Photo)

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7. Orson Welles — The acclaimed writer, director, and actor who achieved a trifecta of success in film, radio, and theater died of a heart attack in 1985 at the age of 70. (AP Photo)

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8. Michael Clarke Duncan — Perhaps best known for his work in "The Green Mile," Duncan was just 54 when he suffered a heart attack in 2012 that would lead to his death. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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Alan Thicke, the veteran actor probably best now known as the dad on "Growing Pains," died of a heart attack Tuesday at 69. Here are eight other celebrities who have succumbed to the "silent killer."
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