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Alan Thicke's Wife Tanya on Heartfelt Memorial Service: 'I Thank Everyone From the Bottom of My Heart'

by Zach Seemayer 5:45 PM PST, December 20, 2016
Playing Alan Thicke's Wife Tanya on Heartfelt Memorial Service: 'I Thank Everyone From the Bottom of My Heart'

Tanya Thicke, wife of the late Alan Thicke, broke her silence regarding her husband's untimely death in a heartfelt statement she shared on Tuesday.

"It is with gut wrenching sadness and unbelievable grief that I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of love and support during this unimaginable time," Tanya said in a statement released to ET.

"Through tears and smiles our dearest of family and friends came together at our home to celebrate the life of my sweet and devoted husband Alan Thicke," she continued. "Along with my step sons and our combined extended family, we laid my beloved husband, soul mate and the patriarch of our family to rest. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time of profound mourning."

WATCH: Alan Thicke Remembered at Star-Studded Memorial Hosted by Son Robin, Leonardo DiCaprio Among Those Attending

The former Growing Pains star -- who died last week at the age of 69 while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter, at a skating rink in Burbank, California -- was honored at a star-studded memorial service on Sunday at the actor's ranch in Carpinteria, California, an ocean-side city near Santa Barbara.

Guests included the star's son, singer Robin Thicke, who hosted the service, a source tells ET. The "Blurred Lines" singer shared stories about his father with the nearly 150 attendees.

Stars like Bob Saget, Bill Maher, Alex Trebek and the entire cast of Growing Pains, including Leonardo DiCaprio, spoke about how much Alan had meant to them. Other celebrities who turned out for the memorial included Kris Jenner, Kevin Costner, Barry Bonds, David Foster, Paul Mitchell and Luc Robitaille.

WATCH: Candace Cameron Bure and 'Fuller House' Stars Share Touching Tributes to Alan Thicke

Thicke's family also stated that those who are interested in making donations in memory of the beloved star should consider giving to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a cause Thicke "cared about deeply." Click here for more info on donating to the JDFR.

For more on the beloved Canadian TV star's emotional, touching memorial service, watch the video below.

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