Alan Thicke died after his aorta artery tore then ruptured last week, according to his death certificate released Wednesday.
The details emerged after the “Growing Pains” star died Dec. 13 at 69. He was buried Monday in Santa Barbara, California.
The Canadian actor had enjoyed a lengthy career on both sides of the border. He also worked as a songwriter and talk show host.
His cause of death was determined by a doctor and no autopsy was performed.
Thicke’s aorta ruptured about three hours after it first developed a tear, the death certificate states.
An aortic tear also killed John Ritter in 2003. The aorta is the main artery that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body.
Tanya Thicke recalled her “beloved husband, soul mate and the patriarch of our family” in a statement Tuesday.
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