David Cassidy, 1970s teen heartthrob, dead at 67

David Cassidy, 1970s teen heartthrob, dead at 67

Kerry Wise
November 26, 2017

David "died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long", a family statement said.

Shaun Cassidy shared a touching tribute to his late half-brother David Wednesday, in which he fondly recalled the close-knit relationship of their youth.

Cassidy was married and divorced three times.

Cassidy was the family band's lead singer and guitarist. His family, including his ex-wife Sue Shifrin, his brother Patrick, and his son Beau, rushed to the hospital to be by his side after he was hospitalized.

Earlier this year Cassidy revealed that he had been battling dementia - he made the announcement after falling on stage.

He said: "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming".

Actress Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, stars of the television show The Partiridge Family, in 2003.

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Even while The Partridge Family was still in primetime, Cassidy anxious that he was mistaken for the wholesome character he played. The singer had hit songs including "Cherish", "Come On Get Happy" and "I Think I Love You", from across his five solo albums. Between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested several times on charges related to drunk driving, and entered rehab multiple times. The oldest of the four Partridge children, Cassidy managed to unite a generation of flower children with the wholesome family values of primetime TV sitcoms in America, and audiences loved it.

"I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions", Cassidy told People magazine at the time.

Cassidy himself was estranged from his father.

Born in 1950 in New York, Cassidy was the son of performers Evelyn Ward and Jack Cassidy, and though he grew up out of the limelight, he ultimately followed in their footsteps.

Cassidy performs in Nashville, Tenn., in October 2012. Cassidy, who only learned during tryouts that Jones would play his mother, anxious that Keith Partridge would be a "real comedown" from his previous roles. "I didn't see how it could do much for me".

Several celebrities, including some of Cassidy's contemporaries, shared memories on Twitter.