Alan Thicke, who charmed the hearts of Americans as Jason Seaver on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” died suddenly in December 2016. The 69-year-old was spending time father-son bonding time with his youngest, Carter, when he collapsed.
Thicke suffered a fatal heart attack at Pickwick Ice in Burbank, California and was pronounced dead later that day at Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center.
The actor, who was heralded by many as “America’s Dad” had three children of his own: Robin, Brennan, and Carter.
It’d be easy to assume that such public grief would pull a family together; but for the Thicke family, it’s been quite the opposite.
The family’s been embroiled in a nasty prenuptial agreement battle, pitting Thicke’s widow, 41-year-old Tanya Callau against her three stepsons.
According to TMZ, singer Robin and his brother Brennan filed court documents asking judges to block Callau from altering her prenup agreement, which she signed four days before the wedding without the “benefit of legal representation.”
Though Callau claims she has “no intention” of challenging the document, instead calling foul on the son’s intentions. The gossip site added that Callau believes the brothers purposefully filed the papers to “trash her in the media.”
Both men previously filed documents claiming that Callau threatened to speak out to tabloids if she didn’t secure enough money or property, though Callau’s attorney Adam F. Streisand shot back, labeling those allegations “bull”:
“Tanya Thicke has never threatened to take private family matters publicand she never has. It is clear that Alan’s sons have chosen this distasteful public smear tactic to bully Tanya, by stirring up the tabloid media, filing a bogus lawsuit, and refusing family mediation.
Tanya is still grieving the death of her beloved husband and out of respect for Alan’s memory intends to handle his sons’ false statements privately.”
Now, she’s demanding justice from the courts.
According to the Daily Mail, Callau has asked a judge to throw out the Thicke brother’s documents and requested they stop making “baseless accusations.”
According to court documents obtained by People, the prenuptial agreement promised Callau:
“All of the Ranch’s furnishings, 25 percent of his personal effects, a $500,000 life insurance policy, all of his death benefits from pensions and union memberships … and 40 percent share of his remaining estate. Alan also provided that Tanya may live in the Ranch after his death so long as she maintains the property and expenses.”
Robin and Brennan feel that this is more than enough for their “overreaching” stepmother. The Hollywood Reporter added that the brothers, who are co-trustees of Thicke’s trust, felt they had “no other choice” but to take legal action against a woman they feel has asked too much of the family.
The brothers felt that the petition was necessary to “honor the memory of their father, protect his legacy, and prevent his testamentary intentions from being undermined by avarice and overreaching of his third wife, Tanya Callau.”
Courts have yet to make a final decision, and so the fate of Thicke’s estate still remains a mystery.