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David Cassidy Passes Away at Sixty-Seven

November 21, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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1970s icon David Cassidy, who rose to fame through his role on The Partridge Family, has passed away. Cassidy died of organ failure on Tuesday at the age of sixty-seven according to Variety. Cassiy’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement which read, “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.”

Cassidy was admitted to a hospital last week due to organ failure. He had begun battling dementia earlier this year.

Cassidy was born in New York City to singer/actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward and spent his early years living with his maternal grandparents as his parents were on the road. Cassidy began working in the industry from eighteen, making his professional debut in the short-lived Broadway musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling. That gig caught the attention of a casting director who did a screen test and got him to move to Los Angeles. He began appearing in guest roles on shows like Ironside, Adam-12 and Bonanza.

It was soon after that Cassidy was cast in the role that would turn him into the most well-known teen heartthrob of the 1970. Cassidy joined his stepmother Shirley Jones in The Partridge Family, about a family rock band travelling in a tour bus. The show also starred Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough and Dave Madden.

Cassidy and Jones were the only two cast members of the show to actually sing, which helped launch his musical career. He began recording solo material and went on tours that sold out stadiums and caused riots. One performance in Australia in 1974 got so bad that people called for Cassidy to be deported, and a 1974 concert saw 800 people get injured and one killed in a stampede.

Cassidy cut back on his touring signficantly after that and focused on recording, turning “I Write the Songs” into a hit. He also performed in musical theater and continued to act on screen, with an Emmy nomination for a role as Officer Dan Shay in a 1978 episode of Police Story that turned into a short-lived series, David Cassidy – Man Undercover.

Cassidy continued to act over the years, but also struggled with alcoholism that curtailed his carer on several occasions.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and many fans of Mr. Cassidy. He will be missed.

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