Leonardo DiCaprio has spoken out about the death of his former Growing Pains father figure Alan Thicke, revealing his strong affection for the men who once mentored him on TV sitcom Growing Pains.
The movie A-lister is apparently not above acknowledging his beginnings, happy to heap praise on the man who suddenly passed away yesterday fom a a heart attack, aged just 69, saying 'no one was cooler'.
'Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model. He knew how to harness the power of the entertainment industry to be a positive influence in so many lives — including mine. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career,' Leo wrote.
'He had tremendous class, a huge heart, and he taught me and so many others the valuable lessons about humility and gratitude. I’ve seen him a number of times over the years and when Alan Thicke walked in the room, quite frankly, no one was cooler. I miss him already — my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Thicke family during this difficult time.'