NEW YORK (AP) — David Cassidy, the teenager and pre-teen idol who starred within the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family” and offered hundreds of thousands of data because the musical group’s lead singer, died Tuesday at age 67.
Cassidy, who introduced earlier this 12 months that he had been identified with dementia, died surrounded by his household, a household assertion launched by publicist JoAnn Geffen mentioned. No additional particulars have been instantly out there, however Geffen mentioned on Saturday that Cassidy was in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital affected by organ failure.
“David died surrounded by these he cherished, with pleasure in his coronary heart and free from the ache that had gripped him for therefore lengthy,” the assertion mentioned. Thank you for the abundance and assist you’ve gotten proven him these a few years.”
“The Partridge Family” aired from 1970-74 and was a fictional variation of the ’60s performers the Cowsills, supposed at first as a car for Shirley Jones, the Oscar successful actress and Cassidy’s stepmother. Jones performed Shirley Partridge, a widow with 5 youngsters with whom she types a preferred act that travels on a psychedelic bus. The solid additionally featured Cassidy as eldest son and household heartthrob Keith Partridge; Susan Dey, later of “L.A. Law” fame, as sibling Laurie Partridge and Danny Bonaduce as sibling Danny Partridge.
It was an period for singing households — the Osmonds, the Jacksons. “The Partridge Family” by no means cracked the highest 10 in TV rankings, however the recordings beneath their identify, largely that includes Cassidy, Jones and session gamers, produced real-life musical hits and made Cassidy a real-life musical famous person. The Partridges’ finest identified track, “I Think I Love You,” spent three weeks on prime of the Billboard chart at a time when different hit singles included James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “The Tears of a Clown.” The group additionally reached the highest 10 with “I will Meet You Halfway” and “Doesn’t Somebody Want to be Wanted” and Cassidy had a solo hit with “Cherish.”
“In two years, David Cassidy has swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of hundreds of thousands of American women,” Rolling Stone journal famous in 1972. “Leaving: six and a half million long-playing albums and singles; 44 tv packages; David Cassidy lunch packing containers; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; to not point out a number of hundreds of thousands of teenage magazines, wall stickers, love beads, posters and photograph albums.”
Cassidy’s enchantment pale after the present went off the air, though he continued to tour, file and act over the following 40 years, his albums together with “Romance” and the awkwardly titled “Didn’t You Used To Be?” He had successful with “I Write the Songs” earlier than Barry Manilow’s chart-topping model and success abroad with “The Last Kiss,” that includes backing vocals from Cassidy admirer George Michael. He made occasional stage and tv appearances, together with an Emmy-nominated efficiency on “Police Story.”
Meanwhile, “The Partridge Family” remained standard in re-runs and Cassidy, who saved his darkish bangs and boyish look properly into center age, often turned up for reunions and spoke usually about his early success.
“So many individuals come as much as me and discuss to me concerning the affect it (the present) had,” he informed Arsenio Hall in 1990.
Even whereas “The Partridge Family” was nonetheless in primetime, Cassidy apprehensive that he was mistaken for the healthful character he performed. He posed bare for Rolling Stone in 1972, when he confided that he had dropped acid as a young person and smoked pot in entrance of the journal’s reporter as he watched an episode of “The Partridge Family” and mocked his personal appearing. Cassidy maintained an exhausting schedule through the present’s run, filming through the week and performing dwell reveals over the weekend, however had loads of time to indulge himself. In the memoir “Could It Be Forever,” he wrote of his prolific intercourse life and of rejecting Dey’s advances as a result of she lacked the “slutty side of a feminine that I all the time discovered so engaging.”
Cassidy would endure private and monetary troubles. He was married and divorced 3 times, battled alcoholism, was arrested for drunk driving and in 2015 filed for chapter. Cassidy had two youngsters, musician Beau Cassidy and actress Katie Cassidy, with whom he acknowledged having a distant relationship.
“I wasn’t her father. I used to be her organic father however I did not elevate her,” he informed People journal in 2017. “She has a totally completely different life.”
Cassidy himself was estranged from his father. Born in New York City in 1950, he was the son of actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward and half-brother of entertainer Shaun Cassidy. David Cassidy’s mother and father cut up up when he was 5 and he would lengthy specific remorse about Jack Cassidy, who quickly married Shirley Jones, being largely absent from his life. David Cassidy stayed together with his mom and by the early 1960s had moved to Los Angeles.
Kicked out of highschool for truancy, David Cassidy dreamed of turning into an actor and had made appearances on “Bonanza,” ”Ironside” and different packages earlier than producers at ABC tv requested him to audition for “The Partridge Family,” unaware that he might sing and intending at first to have him mime songs to another person’s voice. Cassidy, who solely realized throughout tryouts that Jones would play his mom, apprehensive that Keith Partridge could be a “actual comedown” from his earlier roles.
“I imply, how a lot might an actor do with a line like, ‘Hi, Mom, I am dwelling from faculty,’ or ‘Please go the milk?'” he wrote in his memoir. “I did not see the way it might do a lot for me. After all, I wasn’t the star of it. Shirley had prime billing; I used to be simply one of many children.”