“Partridge Family” star David Cassidy passed away Tuesday after suffering liver and kidney failure, his press agent validated. He was 67.
“David passed away surrounded by those he enjoyed, with delight in his heart and devoid of the discomfort that had actually grasped him for so long,” JoAnn Geffen stated. “Thank you for the abundance of love and assistance you have actually revealed him these several years.”
Cassidy was confessed to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. health center Wednesday, though his condition was not reported till this previous Saturday. Geffen informed numerous news outlets over the weekend that Cassidy was experiencing several organ failure.
Born into a program company household, Cassidy soared to fame on ABC’ s” The Partridge Family,”a comedy about a widow(played by Cassidy ’ s real-life stepmother Shirley Jones) and her 5 kids who form a rock band and trip the nation. The cast likewise included Susan Dey, later on of “L.A. Law” popularity, as brother or sister Laurie Partridge and Danny Bonaduce as brother or sister Danny Partridge.
As oldest child Keith Partridge, Cassidy ended up being an international sweetheart as the face– and voice– of the Partridge Family’ s greatest hit, “ I Think I Love You.” The tune invested 3 weeks on top of the Billboard chart at a time when other hit songs consisted of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “The Tears of a Clown.”
“In 2 years, David Cassidy has actually swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of countless American women,” Rolling Stone publication kept in mind in 1972. “Leaving: 6 and a half million long-playing albums and songs; 44 tv programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; not to point out a number of countless teenager publications, wall sticker labels, like beads, posters and image albums.”
After “The Partridge Family” ended in 1974, Cassidy committed himself to songwriting and tape-recording, however had a hard time to match the success of his early-20s, with none of his subsequent albums– consisting of the awkwardly entitled “Didn’t You Used To Be?”– making a substantial damage in the United States charts.
Cassidy did score a small hit with “I Write the Songs” prior to Barry Manilow’s chart-topping variation and discovered success overseas with “The Last Kiss,” including support vocals from Cassidy admirer George Michael. He made periodic phase and tv looks, consisting of an Emmy-nominated efficiency on “Police Story.”
Meanwhile, “The Partridge Family” stayed popular in re-runs and Cassidy, who kept his dark bangs and boylike look well into midlife, regularly showed up for reunions and spoke typically about his early success.
“So numerous individuals come near me and talk with me about the effect it (the program) had,” he informed Arsenio Hall in 1990.
Even while “The Partridge Family” was still in primetime, Cassidy stressed that he was misinterpreted for the wholesome character he played. He presented naked for Rolling Stone in 1972, when he confided that he had actually dropped acid as a teen and smoked pot in front of the publication’s press reporter as he saw an episode of “The Partridge Family” and buffooned his own performing. Cassidy preserved a tiring schedule throughout the program’s run, recording throughout the week and carrying out live programs over the weekend, however had lots of time to indulge himself. In the narrative “Could It Be Forever,” he composed of his respected sex life and of turning down Dey’s advances since she did not have the “slutty element of a woman that I constantly discovered so appealing.”
Late in life, Cassidy dealt with various individual issues. He was accuseded of owning under the impact on 3 different celebrations in between November 2010 and January 2014. After the 3rd occurrence, he got in rehabilitation and a California judge sentenced him to 5 years ’ probation. Cassidy’ s 3rd spouse, Sue Shifrin, applied for divorce in February of 2014 after 23 years of marital relationship.
In February 2015, Cassidy declared personal bankruptcy, noting properties and financial obligations of approximately $10 million. That September, he was mentioned for leaving the scene of a mishap in Florida.
This previous February, Cassidy exposed to PEOPLE Magazine that he was fighting dementia after he had a hard time to bear in mind tune lyrics and fell off the phase at a program in California. His mom, Broadway starlet Evelyn Ward, passed away in 2012 after struggling with the very same health problem.
At the very same show, Cassidy revealed he was retiring after 50 years in the show business, stating the grind of visiting integrated with arthritis had actually taken its toll.
Cassidy is endured by 2 kids, artist Beau Cassidy and starlet Katie Cassidy, with whom he acknowledged having a far-off relationship.
“I wasn’t her dad. I was her biological dad however I didn’t raise her,” he informed PEOPLE previously this year. “She has an entirely various life.”
Cassidy himself was separated from his daddy, star Jack Cassidy, and he would long reveal remorse about Jack being mainly missing from his life after David’s moms and dads broke up when he was 5. David Cassidy stuck with his mom and by the early 1960s had actually relocated to Los Angeles.
Kicked out of high school for truancy, David Cassidy imagined ending up being a star and had actually emerged on “Bonanza,” “Ironside” and other programs prior to manufacturers at ABC tv asked him to audition for “The Partridge Family,” uninformed that he might sing and meaning initially to have him mime tunes to another person’s voice. Cassidy, who just discovered throughout tryouts that Jones would play his mom, fretted that Keith Partridge would be a “genuine comedown” from his previous functions.
“I suggest, just how much could a star finish with a line like, ‘Hey, Mom, I’m house from school,’ or ‘Please pass the milk?”‘ he composed in his narrative. “I didn’t see how it might do much for me. I wasn’t the star of it. Shirley had prominence; I was simply among the kids.”
The Associated Press added to this report.