Alan Thicke's final tweet before passing away captures the essence of his character and helps to explain why his legacy has endured throughout the years.
The "Growing Pains" actor died of a heart attack Dec. 13 at the age of 69. Thicke collapsed while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son at an ice rink in California, Us Weekly reports.
Earlier that day, Thicke sent out a tweet plugging the second season of "Fuller House," a show in which he played a minor role.
"Season 2 Fuller House looking good," he wrote. "I even like the ones I'm not in!"
Thicke never stopped acting in the kinds of roles for which people knew him best. Twenty-four years after the final episode of "Growing Pains," in which he played the father of Kirk Cameron, Thicke was still appearing in sitcoms -- this time alongside Cameron's real-life sister, Candace Cameron-Bure.
In a 2010 interview with A.V. Club, Thicke spoke about what his time on the set of "Growing Pains" meant to him.
"Loved it. Proud of it. Proud of what it stood for," he said. "I share the corny family values espoused on that show. Happy for the role, both, as I said, what it stood for and what it did for me and my life and my family and my career. So if that's what goes on my tombstone, I'm perfectly comfortable with it."
"It was a great opportunity that made my life good and something that I can show to my 12-year-old now in reruns," he added. "Corny and dated as it is, it’s still relatable, understandable, and he can look at it and say 'Yeah, I get it. Now I see what you did before I was born.'"