EXCLUSIVE: Alan Thicke told son to snap photo as EMTs took him to hospital: 'Take a shot, kiddo'


Beloved television actor Alan Thicke died at age 69 on Tuesday, ET can confirm.

The celebrated Canadian actor, best known for his role as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the '80s sitcom Growing Pains, suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, at the Pickwick Gardens ice skating rink in Burbank, California, on Tuesday afternoon. He was later pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center.

ET's Lauren Zima spoke with Darin Mathewson, vice president of Pickwick Gardens, who placed the 911 call when Thicke collapsed at the rink.

"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," Mathewson recalled. "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."

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Actress Valerie Harper and actor Alan Thicke attend the Kenny Rogers in Concert: 'The Gambler' Tour on September 14, 1979 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke and son Brennan Thicke attending 'Celebrity Fashion Show Benefiting Windfeather' on June 10, 1984 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke and actress Gina Gallego attending Third Annual American Diabetes Association Waiters Brunch on February 9, 1985 at Baxter's Restaurant in Westwood, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke attending the premiere party for 'Out of Africa' on December 10, 1985 at the Plitt Theater in Century City, California.

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GROWING PAINS - 'The Kid' - Airdate: December 16, 1985.

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Actor Alan Thicke attending 59th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 25, 1990 in Hollywood, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke and sons Brennan Thick and Robin Thicke and Actress Joanna Kerns attend the 'Celebration of Tradition' A Gala Event Gathering Warner Bros. Stars on June 2, 1990 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke attending 9th Annual MacLaren Children's Center Benefit on March 10, 1990 at Henry Winkler's home in Toluca Lake, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke attending 'Hollywood Stars Night Baseball Game' on August 22, 1992 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke and date Julie Tovilar attending the world premiere of 'The Bodyguard' on November 23, 1992 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.

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Pictured: Actor Alan Thicke, host Jay Leno during an interview on March 6, 1995.

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Alan Thicke drives a ball during the Lexus Challenge held at La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California. Mandatory

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Actor Alan Thicke attending the premiere of 'G.I. Jane' on August 6, 1997 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California.

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Alan Thicke and Jason Alexander in dress rehearsal of 'Promises, Promises,' a musical at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. Photo Iris Schneider.

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Actor Alan Thicke and son Carter Thicke attending the premiere of 'Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle' on June 24, 2000 at Loew's Universal Cinema in Universal City, California.

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Alan Thicke during 'Me, Myself & Irene' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States.

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Actor Alan Thicke skates at the opening of the Universal CityWalk Ice Rink on November 29, 2002 in Universal City , California. The rink will be open to the public through January 5, 2003.

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Actor Alan Thicke attends the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pinocchio' on December 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The film opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday December 25, 2002.

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Actor/producer Alan Thicke and model Tanya Callau pose after being married on May 7, 2005 at The One&Only Pamilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Alan Thicke, Tanya Callou, Paula Patton and Robin Thicke attends the Opening Night at the 40/40 Club in Las Vegas, NV December 30, 2007.

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Actor Alan Thicke poses for photographs with his 2008 Jaguar XJ outside his home in Carpinteria, December 1, 2011.

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Hoda Kotb and Alan Thicke appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Actor Alan Thicke and Pharrell Williams attend the Qream Launch Party on July 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Alan Thicke attends the 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebrity Dinner in BESO At Crystals at CityCenter on March 31, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Actor Alan Thicke and recording artist Robin Thicke attend The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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Carole Radziwill and Alan Thicke

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Actors Charlie Sheen and Alan Thicke attend the Joe Carter Classic Charity Golf Tournament after-party at Shangri-La Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. 

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Actor Alan Thicke attends the 2013 Summer TCA Party for the Hallmark Channel's on July 8, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Alan Thicke attends the Dodgers' Hollywood Stars Night Game at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actor Flex Alexander, producer Tony Cornelius, actor Alan Thicke and actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer attend the second annual Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational pairings party at the Lavo Restaurant & Nightclub at The Palazzo Las Vegas on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Alan Thicke arrives for the 'Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine' benefit for the Scleroderma Research Foundation at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke and wife Tanya Callau arrive at the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016 in Westwood, California.

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Actor Alan Thicke arrives for the Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

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Mathewson told ET that Thicke was initially vomiting and not feeling well but was "coherent" when emergency personnel arrived, still moving around and speaking to his son.

"He said he had pain in his chest, but his color was not good. He was a little grey," he added. "When the ambulance got here they checked his vitals ... and they put him on the gurney, sat him up."

According to Mathewson, Thicke also asked his son to take a photo of him as he was being taken to the hospital. "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," he added. "When he went by us, he gave us the thumbs up, like, 'I'm doing good guys, I'm good.'"

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So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.
I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I've known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. ❤️ My heart hurts.
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America loved Alan Thicke. I'm so sad he's gone. Sending so much love to his family.
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RIP Alan Thicke. We skated side by side for years. Say hello to Gordie and The Rocket for me. Our Canadian Mounties… https://t.co/VNTQrR6Hqs
sad to learn of Alan Thicke's passing. he was a great friend over the years. thoughts & prayers to his family.
I'm so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan. 😢
So tragic to hear the news of the passing of Alan Thicke. God Bless his family at this tough time.
Just heard of Alan Thicke's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him this year. He was such a talent and good guy. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace
Pleasure to have known you sir... #RIP #AlanThicke https://t.co/paewzVnNxP
As many others did, I grew up being entertained by Alan Thicke. 69 is far too young. My thoughts are with his family and his legion of fans.
Alan Thicke was one of the nicest guys in our business. And he LOVED his family. And hockey. A shocking, sad loss.
The Dodgers offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alan Thicke over his passing today. https://t.co/iEZMTkeMo7
RIP to the man who wrote #thefactsoflife theme song, my co-host of the radio show TalkZone & a true gentleman of our business #AlanThicke
Rest In Peace. To my friend #AlanThicke. This guy was the best. Always a gentleman, funny and talented. God Bless His wife Tanya and all of his Loved ones. You will be missed sir!!! #shocker #Damn!
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RIP Alan Thicke. I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.
Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Thicke and his amazing wife Tanya a few years back.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP 😔
Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family.
I'm shocked to hear about Allan Thicke. He was a good man who gave me some big breaks in my early days. I'll miss you buddy.
Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.
First met @Alan_Thicke while working with his brother @realtoddthicke on @AFVofficial. Shocked to hear he's passed. Sending condolences 😔
So so sad to hear about the passing of #AlanThicke. Such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in love. ❤️
Condolences to my dude @robinthicke & the entire Thicke family for their loss. #RIP to the late great #AlanThicke
RIP, Alan Thicke. Had the chance to get to know him the last few years. Such a kind-hearted human being. Love to his wife and kids.
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Sleep well #AlanThicke . 😔
RIP Alan Thicke who was a great talent and a genuine person. #everyonesdad
RIP Alan Thicke. Can't believe it. Honor to have known you and to been able to work with you.
I almost believe it's not real. The hockey word lost a great ambassador and I a good friend. Thoughts are with your family @Alan_Thicke
I am so sorry to hear about Alan Thicke's passing. My love and prayers to his family.
I am saddened at the news of #GrowingPains Alan Thicke's passing. My daughter and I just saw him! RIP dear friend… https://t.co/5mkZbzeNdJ
Our TV dads are leaving us. Phillip Banks, George Jefferson, Mike Brady, Phillip Drummond and now Jason Seaver. RIP Alan Thicke
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Dear Friends, Thank you for your kindness concerning Alan Thicke's passing. It is a shock. We were all just... https://t.co/GUbve6x55q
My heart aches right now. My good buddy Alan Thicke has passed away. Can't believe it. Can't believe it. https://t.co/gwIFVnYQh4
Very sad to hear the passing of Alan Thicke. Always was pleasure to be around. Thoughts are prayers for his family
Now Alan Thicke... Can we get a do-over on 2016? Too many good people lost and way too many bad people getting lucky... RIP Dr. Seaver 🙏🏾
I am shocked & devastated at the news of Alan Thicke's death. A friend for many years, he wrote & produced so many of my TV Specials.......
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Mathewson said that the staff at Pickwick Gardens are "very saddened" by the news of Thicke's death, as the lifelong hockey fan was "pretty much a regular" at the Burbank ice rink, where he skated a few times a month.

"We didn't think that was going to be the case so it's very sad news," he said. "I felt bad for Carter, I could see he was very shaken up by the whole thing."

Like the rest of Thicke's family, friends and fans, the Pickwick Gardens staff have only happy memories of the celebrated actor.

"He always had a good one-liner after everything," Mathewson added. "Funny, good, good guy -- good man. We're just going to miss him so much."

Additional reporting by Steve Wilks.

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