He emerged from the 1970s ABC show as a recording star and concert sensation, singing on hits like “I Think I Love You” and “Come On Get Happy.”
David Cassidy, who made hit records and young girls swoon in the 1970s as the young star of ABC’s The Partridge Family, has died. He was 67.
Cassidy died Tuesday, according to his longtime rep. He was reported to be in a Florida hospital suffering from multiple organ failure. “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” his rep, JoAnn Geffen, said in a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter. “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 and support you have shown him these many years.”
In February, the actor revealed that he had dementia and would no longer appear in concert in an effort to focus on his health and “enjoy life.” He had fallen on stage and forgotten lyrics during a show in Agoura Hills, Calif.
“When friends of yours or family members begin to say to you, ‘Remember, I just told you this two days ago’ and there’s no memory of it, that’s when I began to be very concerned,” Cassidy said on Dr. Phil.
Cassidy had numerous personal problems in the decades following his breakthrough on television, ranging from substance abuse and drunk-driving arrests to bankruptcy.
The adorably handsome New York native rose to fame playing singer-guitarist Keith Partridge on Screen Gems’ The Partridge Family, which aired for four seasons on ABC, from 1970-74.
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Condolences to his family, including step-brother Shaun and step-mom/Partridge tv mum Shirley Jones plus Partridge peers Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce. For many years, I fully expected Danny to be the first major Partridge Family cast member to pass. He seems to have pulled it together and, espousing often conservative views, broke into the radio biz on KZOK Seattle.
Thanks to David Cassidy for ramming home some of the catchiest, joyful sounds of the early ’70s. Ya did good.
I hope the ambulance chasing money grubers don’t come out of the woodwork.