A part of our childhood is gone with the passing yesterday of former teen idol David Cassidy at the age of 67. The former “Partridge Family” star and teen idol was hospitalized last week with 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. "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."
David's career spanned five decades. Some highlights include:
- As a teen Cassidy landed a role in the 1969 Broadway musical “The Fig Leaves Are Falling,” and he later had parts on TV shows like “Adam-12” and “Bonanza.” His break, however, came when he starred as Keith Partridge in the 1970s TV musical “The Partridge Family,” about a singing family, which starred his stepmother Shirley Jones as the family patriarch.
- Cassidy was the lead singer of the family band, and scored a number one hit with the popular track “I Think I Love You.” In the 70s he was a staple on teen magazine covers, although he grew tired of his teen idol fame. He eventually quit the show and went on to release his own solo albums including 1975's “The Higher They Climb” and 1976's “Home is Where the Heart Is.”
- Cassidy released his final album “Old Trick, New Dog” in 1998, but continued to tour up until this past February when he announced he was suffering from dementia. He also battled alcohol problems throughout his career, and was arrested for DUIs several times in the 2000s.
I had the opportunity to talk with David Cassidy on my morning show nearly a year ago on December 8th, 2016 on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death. David shared many stories including the #1 highlight of his career, stories about being inspired by a legendary band and eventually becoming friends with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and more! Listen below:
Many stars took to social media upon hearing the news of Cassidy’s death. Check out the reactions below.
so sad to hear of the passing of david cassidy... he was always so kind to me - such a pleasure to have had him on my show... sending love and prayers to his family... R.I.P. friend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tsFkNiJzFc— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) November 22, 2017
Rest In Peace, David Cassidy.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 22, 2017
I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person. Love & Mercy to David and his family.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) November 22, 2017
Sad to learn David Cassidy has died. Like his father Jack he had great talent, and a complicated life. Condolences to his wonderful family.— Larry King (@kingsthings) November 22, 2017
I grew up in an era before even cable TV, when The Partridge Family was already in reruns. David Cassidy's Keith was one of my favorite TV characters. He was legit funny AND he could sing. The man entertained me during my childhood and even years later: https://t.co/678DU7qTxh— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 22, 2017
Bye bye childhood RIP David Cassidy— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) November 22, 2017
Heartbroken over the passing of #DavidCassidy. He graced the covers of teen magazines w/ my Brothers in the ‘70s. My condolences to his Family. 🙏💋 #RIP #PartridgeFamily #DavidsHitSong #70sIcon #IWokeUpInLoveThisMorning pic.twitter.com/EUJXr8YBwb— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) November 22, 2017