Alan Thicke was a great inspiration to many young artists in Hollywood, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred alongside him in Growing Pains. After Thicke's untimely passing, DiCaprio went above and beyond to give tribute to the late actor and to reach out on a more personal level.
Carter, Thicke's 19-year-old son, revealed that the Revenant star contacted him in the wake of his father's tragic death.
“Leo is just the most amazing guy,” he said of the Oscar winner. “I mean, I didn’t even have his number and he went out of his way to send me a text and you could see his genuine love and respect for my dad.”
He also opened up about his experience of saying goodbye to his father and how his father's on-screen family played an important role there too.
“I’ve kind of grown up with all of them and their children and so it was really, really incredible to have them there,” Carter said of the memorial.
“Being one of the pallbearers for the casket, that was brutal,” he continued. “That was really rough. And obviously watching the casket go down, that’s kinda that moment where you realize that he’s being buried and that’s it.”
While many of Thicke's friends are A-list celebrities, to Carter they are people who cared about his dad.
“Getting to see some of his best friends — like Bob Saget and Bill Maher and Gretzky — these guys that I’ve grown up with, and just opening their hearts out,” Carter said. “He really did touch so many people’s hearts. And that was at least a shining moment, because I knew that he would be ecstatic to be the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. I’m sure he would have loved that.”
This article first appeared on Womanista.com