David Cassidy, former Partridge Family teen actor, dead at 67

Michele Moreno
November 26, 2017

'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.

Geffen released a statement from his family that said Cassidy died surrounded by family "with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long". 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.

The Partridge Family aired from 1970-74 and was intended at first as a vehicle for Shirley Jones, the Oscar winning actress and Cassidy's stepmother.

"Oh, they're cute. They get flustered and I get flustered, and it's all kind of fun", Cassidy said of his devotees in 1972, when he was 21.

The song was also used as part of a famously racy series of Levi's commercials for the company's 1996 ad "Elevator".

But what did his near 50 years of fame earn him?

Cassidy's public life changed course when a teenage girl was crushed to death at one of his concerts in London's White City Stadium in 1974, with another 800 concert-goers injured in the incident.

Cassidy, a skinny 20-year-old who still looked like a teenager, he said he had little in common with the staid, occasionally stupid youngster he played on television.

After the show he went on to enjoy a hugely successful career in music and acting, selling a reported 30 million records worldwide and, at his peak, had a bigger fan club membership than that of The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Still, his status as the only real teen idol of the '70s meant that like other pop icons, he wasn't taken seriously. "I have an image of myself in five years". Three marriages collapsed and, on three occasions between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested for driving under the influence. A year later he filed for divorce.

Bonaduce tweeted early Wednesday that he had "loved and admired David Cassidy for 48 out of my 58 years".

"So many people come up to me and talk to me about the impact it [the show] had", he told Arsenio Hall in 1990.

Cassidy leaves behind two children: Arrow star Katie Cassidy (pictured right), and a son, Beau.

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