EXCLUSIVE: Growing Pains Star Alan Thicke Sends Message Of Condolence To Andrew Koenig's Family

Feb. 27 2010, Published 1:08 p.m. ET

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Composer, talk show host and sitcom actor Alan Thicke is best-known for his decade as the "dad" on Growing Pains where he worked with Andrew Koenig for several seasons.  Thicke hasn't spoken publicly about Koenig's death, until now.

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In an exclusive statement to, Thicke said, "'Andrew's light shone brightly on the Growing Pains set. His skill and humor and friendship were important elements in our extended family. May his own family now find comfort in their memories of the good times with this very special young man."

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