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Alan Thicke's Final Request For His Son Before Dying (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

Alan Thicke had one final request for his son before dying: to take a picture of him with the skating rink he loved to visit in the background.

Alan Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, on Dec. 13, CNN reported. The father and son were skating at Pickwick Gardens ice skating rink in Burbank, California.

Pickwick Gardens vice president Darin Mathewson made the 911 phone call when Alan collapsed in the rink.

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"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 told ET. "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."

Matthewson said Alan was "coherent," but vomiting and not feeling well when paramedics arrived.

“He said he had pain in his chest, but his color was not good. He was a little [gray],” Matthewson recalled. “When the ambulance got here they checked his vitals ... and they put him on the gurney, sat him up.”

That's when Alan made a request to his son.

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"On his way out he asked his son to take a picture," Matthewson said. "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," Matthewson added. "When he went by us, he gave us the thumbs up, like, 'I'm doing good guys, I'm good.'"

Alan was taken to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. He was 69 years old.

Matthewson said Alan was a regular at Pickwick Gardens, and that his staff was "very saddened" by the news.

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

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

Carter took to Twitter to share a photo of him and his father.

"Today I lost my best friend and my idol, and the world lost one of it's finest," Carter wrote. "You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time."

Sources: ET, Carter Thicke/Twitter / Photo credit: Carter Thicke/Twitter

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