Sad news. Musician and actor David Cassidy has died at age 67. Obituary from the Associated Press:
David Cassidy, the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family” and sold millions of records as the musical group’s lead singer, died Tuesday at age 67.
Cassidy, who announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with dementia, died surrounded by his family, a family statement released by publicist JoAnn Geffen said. No further details were immediately available, but Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital suffering from organ failure.
“David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long,” the statement said. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”
Originally intended as a star vehicle for Shirley Jones, The Partridge Family, which aired from 1969 to 1974 and centered around a fictional family band, made Cassidy into a huge teen star.
“In two years, David Cassidy has swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of millions of American girls,” Rolling Stone magazine wrote in 1972. “Leaving: six and a half million long-playing albums and singles; 44 television programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; not to mention several millions of teen magazines, wall stickers, love beads, posters and photo albums.”
Cassidy’s popularity faded after the show went off the air, although he continued to tour, record and act over the next 40 years. In February, he revealed he was suffering from dementia and would be retiring from show business.
The Doctors discuss Cassidy’s dementia diagnosis in March 2017
David Cassidy – I Think I Love You
Cassidy’s biggest hit “I Think I Love You” performed on The Partridge Family
Constantine Maroulis – I Think I Love You
The American Idol season 4 contestant covered “I Think I Love You” on the show.