EXCLUSIVE: Alan Thicke's son Carter opens up about their heartbreaking last moments together


Alan Thicke's 19-year-old son, Carter Thicke, is opening up about his final moments with his beloved father.

In an exclusive interview with ET, Carter speaks out for the first time since the Growing Pains star's shocking death. Carter was playing hockey with his dad at the Pickwick Gardens ice skating rink in Burbank, California, on Dec. 13, when Alan collapsed at the rink. He later died at the hospital.

"The ambulance came and the paramedics had stabilized him and everything seemed fine," Carter tells ET special correspondent Keltie Knight about initially thinking his dad would pull through once they got to the hospital.

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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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'I'm In The Band' on Disney XD.

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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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"I got to give him a hug and said, 'I love you,' and that was the last time I saw him," he adds.

Carter couldn't help but gush about his father, sharing nothing but countless fond memories with ET.

"He was like the perfect dad," he says.

In addition to Carter, Alan is survived by his wife, Tanya, and older sons Brennan and Robin from his marriage to Gloria Loring.

Tune in to Entertainment Tonight on Thursday for more of Carter's emotional interview, where he opens up about life after his tragic loss, the hardest moment of his father's funeral and his father's final words to him.

See photos of Alan and Carter Thicke together:

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 24: 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. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Alan Thicke and his son Carter at the premiere of 'Joseph: King of Dreams', DreamWorks' first-ever animated musical feature-length movie to debut on VHS and DVD. In celebration of the film's theme of brotherhood, DreamWorks honored the Big Brothers of America and donated $10,000.00 to the organization. 'The World's Largest Dream Coat', created by 50 pairs of Big and Little Brothers, was unveiled at the party held at the Egyptian Theater, in Los Angeles, Ca. 10/30/00. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Alan Thicke & Son Carter during 'The Emperor's New Groove' Los Angeles Premiere at El Captain Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 28: Actor Alan Thicke, date and son Carter Thicke attending the world premiere of 'Monsters, Inc.' on October 28, 2001 at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 3: Actor Alan Thicke, date and son Carter Thicke attending 'Diet Coke With Lemon Hosts Luncehon Benefiting the USO' on December 3, 2001 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tanya Callau with Alan Thicke and his son Carter (center) (Photo by Cesare Bonazza/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Gibson/Baldwin 'Night at the Net' Charity Event in Los Angeles, United States on July 25, 2005 - Alan Thicke and son Carter William Thicke at the Gibson/Baldwin 'Night at the Net' Charity Event at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA in Westwood, CA. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Alan Thicke and Carter William Thicke during 2006 TV Land Awards - Backstage and Audience at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 18: (C) Alan Thicke sits with his wife (L) Tanya and son (R) Carter during the 2009 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort June 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for NHL)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 06: Actors Alan Thicke (L) and son Carter attend Game Five of the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks on June 6, 2007 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images for the NHL)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: (L-R) Tanya Callau, Carter Thicke and actor Alan Thicke arrive at the 2011 Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Gilbert Gottfried / Alan Thicke' - The wives of actor Alan Thicke and comedian Gilbert Gottfried trade homes for one week, on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' TUESDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Rick Rowell) TANYA CALLAU, ALAN THICKE, CARTER THICKE
TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 21 - Canadian actor Alan Thicke (2nd from right) is joined by son's Carter (left) and Brennan (right) and wife Tanya, during unveiling of his plaque. Canada's Walk of Fame, inducted a number of Canadian artists today. The unveiling of the plaques was held on Yonge Street, outside the Elgin Theatre, on September 21, 2013. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON -JUNE 25 - Alan Thicke at the Joe Carter Classic at Eagles Nest golf course.Toronto, June 25, 2014. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 26: Actor Alan Thicke and son Carter Thicke attend the Joe Carter Classic Charity Golf Tournament after-party at Shangri-La Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 08: (L-R) Carter William Thicke, Tanya Callau and Alan Thicke pose backstage during the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 8, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 01: Alan Thicke, Tanya Thicke and Carter Thicke arrive at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on March 1, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: (L-R) TV personalities Carter Thicke, Tanya Callau and Alan Thicke attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for NATAS)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 10: Actor Alan Thicke (R), wife Tanya Callau and son Carter Thicke arrive at the CBS, CW And Showtime 2015 Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
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WATCH: Robin Thicke Remembers Late Father Alan Thicke as 'The Greatest Man I Have Ever Met'

Watch the video for more on the legendary TV actor's star-studded memorial at his ranch in Carpinteria, California, last month -- which was hosted by Robin -- that had Leonardo DiCaprio, Bob Saget, Bill Maher, Alex Trebek and the entire cast of Growing Pains in attendance.

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