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Alan Thicke’s wife shares ‘gut-wrenching sadness’ after his death

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Alan Thicke's widow expressed her "unbelievable grief" in a heartfelt message to fans in the wake of her husband's sudden death.

Tanya Callau Thicke made her first public comments about the legendary TV star's passing in a statement to People magazine, thanking those who reached out with condolences over the past week.

"It is with gut-wrenching sadness and unbelievable grief that I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of love and support during this unimaginable time," she said.

"Through tears and smiles our dearest of family and friends came together at our home to celebrate the life of my sweet and devoted husband Alan Thicke."

Alan Thicke and Tanya Callau in 2014. © Rob Kim/Getty Images Alan Thicke and Tanya Callau in 2014. The 41-year-old's emotional remarks come a week after Thicke, 69, died from a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter at a local Los Angeles rink.

His abrupt death garnered an overwhelming response of sadness from both fans and colleagues within the industry, with Ellen DeGeneres, John Legend and Bob Saget among the stars to share tributes to the Canadian icon.

Saget, Alex Trebek and "Growing Pains" co-stars Kirk Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio each attended a memorial service in Los Angeles on Sunday, while Thicke's extended family laid him to rest on Monday.

"Yesterday, along with my step sons and our combined extended family, we laid my beloved husband, soul mate and the patriarch of our family to rest," Tanya Callau said in her statement. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time of profound mourning."

Alan Thicke, who offered fatherly advice as Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains" died on Dec. 13, 2016 at the age of 69. In spite of his passing, he will continue to live on through both the music he penned for the hit 80s sitcom as well as his portrayal of the popular television dad. - NICK UT/AP Photo © NICK UT/AP Photo Alan Thicke, who offered fatherly advice as Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains" died on Dec. 13, 2016 at the age of 69. In spite of his passing, he will continue to live on through both the music he penned for the hit 80s sitcom as well as his portrayal of the popular television dad. - NICK UT/AP Photo Thicke had three sons, including pop star Robin Thicke. The "Blurred Lines" singer's ex-wife and mother of his son Paula Patton shared a tribute to Thicke as well on Tuesday evening.

"I knew Alan since I was 15 years old and he had a tremendous effect on my life," she wrote on Instagram. "I loved and respected him so much! So many great memories and laughs together. We will miss him so much! His grandson is quite sure he is still here with us in spirit."

Thicke was best known for his role as family patriarch Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains."

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