Alan Thicke, who fans remember as the ultimate TV dad on "Growing Pains," died suddenly in December after suffering a heart attack. Now, his costars on the '80s sitcom are speaking out about how they reacted to the news.
Cast members Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" to talk about their late colleague and the legacy he left behind. "This is very surreal. He was a great guy," Kerns, who played matriarch Maggie Seaver on the show, told Dr. Mehmet Oz. "Sometimes we were with Alan and each other more than we were with our regular family. But, we miss him. We miss him."
Miller, who played son Ben Seaver, noted he had recently spent a day with Thicke in Chicago signing autographs. "We got to sit there and just talk and tell stories and mess around all day," he said. "He was so generous with his time, with his energy."
But perhaps the most moving message came from Tracey Gold, who played daughter Carol Seaver. She talked about an eerie coincidence that happened on the day Thicke died:
During the day, around noon, I was walking to meet my husband at his work and I started to feel this rush over me. I felt dizzy, and that never happens to me. I never get sick, knock on wood, but I'm like, Bobby, I need to sit down, that's my husband, I'm like, I don't feel well. I didn't even think I should get behind the wheel and drive. I sat for a few minutes and it sort of passed, but it was a very surreal experience and it was so weird. It was too obvious to ignore it. You know, when I thought back on it that was the exact time [he died].
Watch her full explanation below: