Monday, 22 January, 2018

David Cassidy, 'The Partridge Family' teen heartthrob, dies at 67

David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dead at 67 David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' Star and Former Teen Idol, Dies at 67: Variety
Lindsey Cook | 23 November, 2017, 00:17

His representative said in a statement: "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". The group also reached the top 10 with "I'll Meet You Halfway" and "Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted" and Cassidy had a solo hit with "Cherish".

"So sad to report the passing of David Cassidy", Monkees bass guitarist Peter Tork wrote on Facebook.

"Thank you for the abundance of love and support you have shown him these many years".

But it was Cassidy's enduring on-screen relationship with his real-life stepmother Shirley Jones in the hit TV series The Partridge Family that helped cement his place in American pop culture.

He made occasional stage and TV appearances, including an Emmy-nominated performance on "Police Story".

By the 1980s Cassidy was broke, but he continued recording and performing, starring on Broadway in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and later in Blood Brothers with half-brother Shaun Cassidy.

Even while "The Partridge Family" was still in primetime, Cassidy anxious he was being mistaken for the wholesome character he played.

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

He went on to enjoy a hugely successful pop career and scored two United Kingdom number ones with How Can I Be Sure and Daydreamer. He posed naked for Rolling Stone in 1972, when he confided that he had dropped acid as a teenager and smoked pot in front of the magazine's reporter as he watched an episode of "The Partridge Family" and mocked his own acting.

Cassidy would endure personal and financial troubles.

In recent years he struggled with alcohol problems and was arrested three times for drink-driving between 2010 and 2014.

Cassidy himself was estranged from his father. The son of Tony-winning actor Jack Cassidy, known for his starring roles in She Loves Me and It's a Bird... Clark and David Cassidy led the 1994 USA national tour of Blood Brothers, and all three preserved their performances on a 1995 worldwide studio cast album. David Cassidy stayed with his mother and by the early 1960s had moved to Los Angeles.

After serving as lead vocalist for multiple albums for the show, which aired for four seasons, Cassidy had a wildly successful breakout singing career on his own. "I mean, you have to be with my career".

"I didn't see how it could do much for me".

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