David Cassidy, former teen idol of “The Partridge Family” fame, has died at age 67, according to a statement from his family. Cassidy had been hospitalized for several days with organ failure, and was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. hospital on Wednesday.
Prior to his hospitalization, it was widely reported that he had been diagnosed with dementia in early 2017. During a performance in New York in March, he discussed his dementia and said arthritis made playing guitar an ordeal.
On Tuesday evening, his publicist, JoAnn Geffen, released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
Fox News reports:
Born into a show business family, Cassidy rocketed to stardom on ABC’s “The Partridge Family,” a sitcom about a widow (played by Cassidy’s stepmother Shirley Jones) and her five children who form a rock band and tour the country. As eldest son Keith Partridge, Cassidy became a global heartthrob as the face — and voice — of the Partridge Family’s biggest hit, “I Think I Love You.”
After “The Partridge Family” ended in 1974, Cassidy devoted himself to recording and songwriting, but struggled to match the success of his early-20s, with none of his subsequent albums making a dent in the charts.
Late in life, Cassidy struggled with numerous personal problems. He was charged with driving under the influence on three separate occasions between November 2010 and January 2014. After the third incident, he entered rehab and a California judge sentenced him to five years’ probation. Cassidy’s third wife, Sue Shifrin, filed for divorce in February of 2014 after 23 years of marriage.
In February 2015, Cassidy filed for bankruptcy, listing assets and debts of up to $10 million. That September, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident in Florida.
He is survived by half-brothers Shaun Cassidy, actors Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.
BREAKING: Former teen idol David Cassidy of “The Partridge Family” fame has died at age 67, publicist says.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 22, 2017
David Cassidy, who came to fame as a member of “The Partridge Family” has died at age 67. pic.twitter.com/MBZwlgjoO6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 22, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) November 22, 2017
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Rest in peace David Cassidy. Praying for Katie and her family right now 😔🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/YbxHkFGfqO
— best of katie (@bestofkcassidyx) November 22, 2017
RIP David Cassidy. No words. Out of all the teen idols, he was THE teen idol. pic.twitter.com/pPsaoZJ3EK
— Shae Roberts (@Shaedreams) November 22, 2017