An icon of the 70s known for a number of hit singles as well as his starring turn on The Partridge Family, singer and actor David Cassidy has passed away at the age of 67. He succumbed to liver and kidney failure on Tuesday night, news that was confirmed by his publicist. JoAnn Geffen had this to say about his death.
"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance of love and support you have shown him these many years."
David Cassidy had been admitted to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla almost a week ago, but his condition wasn't reported until Sunday afternoon, when it was reported that he was suffering from multiple organ failure.
Cassidy was born into a family of entertainers, and rocketed to stardom at an early age as star of ABC's The Partridge Family. The show revolved around a rocker widow and her five kids who toured their band around in a colorful bus. Also featured on the sitcom was Cassidy's real-life stepmother Shirley Jones, who played the mother, along with Susan Dey as sister Laurie Partridge and Danny Bonaduce as brother Danny Partridge. Cassidy played Keith Partridge, and became famous worldwide as a teen heartthrob.
Cassidy sang one of the Partridge Family's biggest hit singles, 'I Think I Love You', which spent three weeks at number on on the Billboard charts. He also participated in other hit singles that included a cover of James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' 'The Tears of a Clown'.
As noted in Rolling Stone, David Cassidy had sold six and a half million albums and singles while starring in 44 episodes of the show, with lunch boxes and coloring books and other merchandise flying off the shelves all by 1972. The show ended in 1974, with Cassidy devoting himself full time to his music as opposed to following a career in acting. As he transitioned away from his early-20s, he found fame to be fleeting, and none of his later albums could find the same type of success as his early work with the Partridge Family.
The singer found a small amount of success with the single 'I Write the Songs', which Barry Manilow later turned it into a chart topping hit, stealing away some of the glory. He also found some success with the single 'The Last Kiss', which features George Michael on backing vocals. He would occasionally act in various TV and stage productions. And he was nominated for an Emmy for his turn on the drama Police Story. David Cassidy never really became forgotten, though, as The Partridge Family never ceased to play in syndication and remained popular with kids throughout the early 80s and well into the 90s. Millennials have also discovered the show on DVD and streaming services.
Worried that he was being typecast as a wholesome teenager, David Cassidy decided to pose naked for Rolling Stone in 1972. And he spoke of dropping acid and smoking pot as a teenager, hoping to give himself an edge. Later on in life, David Cassidy found himself struggling with a number of personal problems. He was charged with driving under the influence a number of times, and eventually checked himself into a rehab center. By 2015, Cassidy had filed for bankruptcy, with debt that was up to $10 million.
This past February, Cassidy revealed that he was suffering from dementia, and he found himself struggling to remember song lyrics. This led to him falling off a stage at a show in California. During that show, David announced that he was retiring after 50 years in show business. He claimed the grind of touring and the pain of his arthritis had taken its ultimate toll on his body.
David Cassidy is survived by his two children, musician Beau Cassidy and actress Katie Cassidy. No funeral arrangements have been announced. He leaves the world some truly joyous music to remember, and The Partridge Family will forever be remembered as one of the classic, family friendly sitcoms of the 70s. His death was first reported by Fox News. RIP, David Cassidy.