Actor Alan Thicke, best known for his role as Jason Seaver on the 1980’s sitcom ‘Growing Pains’ has died at the age of 69. Thicke has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years, in various capacities including music production.
We’re told Alan had a heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. He was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center around noon today, and pronounced dead there.
Law enforcement sources tell us … a company that recovers organs was contacted, so some of Thicke’s organs could be donated.
He’s survived by his 3 sons — Robin, Brennan and Carter … and his wife, Tanya.
Alan played hockey regularly at a rink in Burbank. We’re told he and Carter were on the ice around 11 AM when he started having chest pain, then got nauseous and vomited. The ambulance picked him up around 11:30 and took him to the hospital.
The Canadian born actor was most famous for his role as Jason Seaver, the dad on the ’80s sitcom, “Growing Pains.” Most recently, he was on the Netflix reboot, “Fuller House” … and also had a cameo on the first episode of “This Is Us.”
Alan also hosted game shows, talk shows, and wrote several famous TV show theme songs for “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Wheel of Fortune” as well as “Growing Pains.”
Last year a judge ruled that the infamous ‘Blurred Lines’ was “substantially similar” to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’ in a lawsuit between his family and Robin Thicke, Pharrell as well as T.I. It was then ruled that the trio were to pay out $7.3 million for copyright infringement.
Now that figure has been reduced to $5.3 million, and has been aimed squarely at T.I. and the labels behind ‘Blurred Lines’ (Interscope, Star Trek Entertainment, and UMG).
A judge ruled rap mogul Clifford “T.I.” Harris, Jr. will be held liable for a lion’s share of the damages awarded in a copyright lawsuit filed by Marvin Gaye‘s family.
Appeals on the part of Thicke et al. for another trial have also been rejected U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt. The Gaye family’s request that the song be pulled from distribution has been denied; instead, they will receive 50% of all royalties that ‘Blurred Lines’ receives – which won’t be much, am I right, British universities?
Source The 405
The lines are no longer blurred. Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III, children of the late soul crooner Marvin Gaye and the beneficiaries of his music rights who sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in 2013 for infringing on the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up.”
So what effect will the “Blurred Lines” verdict have on the music industry?
That’s the question being asked after a federal jury in Los Angeles found Tuesday that the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the Marvin Gaye chart-topper “Got to Give It Up,” awarding nearly $7.4 million to Gaye’s children
The case focused on the similarities between the song and the legendary soul singer’s 1977 hit. Jurors found against singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, but held harmless the record company and rapper T.I.
Los Angeles composer and producer Gregory Butler said Tuesday afternoon that his friends and colleagues in the industry were stunned by the verdict.
“You’ve made it illegal to reference previous material,” said Butler, also a managing director at music startup WholeWorldBand. “I’m never going to come up with something so radically different that it doesn’t contain references to something else.”