Fort Lauderdale, FL: Actor and former teen idol David Cassidy has died.
Actor and former teen idol David Cassidy has died on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 after being hospitalized with organ failure in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In a statement released by his publicist, his family said, “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.”
David Cassidy was born on Wednesday, April 12, 1950 in New York City, New York and when he was 3 years old, he decided he wanted to act after seeing his dad, actor Jack Cassidy, in a Broadway musical.
David Cassidy skyrocketed to fame in the 1970’s as he starred on television musical sitcom “The Partridge Family,” becoming a singing superstar at 20 years old and became the biggest teen idols of the era.
The popular ABC television musical sitcom series ran for four years and also had a successful run in syndication.
The television musical sitcom also spurred several pop hits; the single “I Think I Love You,” featuring David Cassidy on lead vocals, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970 and sold more than 5 million copies, and the songs “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted” and “I’ll Meet You Halfway” also cracked the top 10 the next year.
The group was nominated for a best new artist Grammy.
David Cassidy later launched a solo career, recording a dozen studio albums and 6 compilation albums.
David Cassidy continued to work in television after “The Partridge Family” ended, performing in theater productions and briefly landing his own show.
David Cassidy starred as the leading man of MGM Grand’s “EFX” in 1996 and developed a show titled “At the Copa,” which he co-starred in with Sheena Easton in 2000.
In 2017, David Cassidy revealed that he was in the early stages of dementia, the same disease his mother and grandfather suffered from.
According to TMZ, David Cassidy was hospitalized for kidney and liver failure last week and was in need of a liver transplant.
David Cassidy was 67 years old, and is survived by his children, Arrow actress, 30 year old Katie Cassidy and son, 27 year old Beau Cassidy.
Fans are reacting to the passing of David Cassidy with deep sadness and posting prayers and messages on social media websites.
Fans telling their stories of meeting David Cassidy, including a resident of Needles, California who got to met David Cassidy at a concert in Laughlin, Nevada held in April 2000.
Local citizen Barbara Medlin-Givens sent this picture (Pictured Above) with David Cassidy and shared with ZachNews her memories of teen idol saying, “I have been a sincere fan of David Cassidy’s since I began watching him on “The Partridge Family” in the 70’s. I followed David’s career and got the dream of my Young Life when I saw David in concert at the Harrah’s Outdoor Ampitheatre in April of 2000. I had just turned 40 and David was 50. Our birthdays were even 1 day apart; his being April 12th and mine the 13th. I am heartbroken to hear about his passing and to say goodbye to an icon and a man who made girls smile all the way into adulthood. David Bruce Cassidy will be remembered and missed by me forever I’m glad he’s at peace now“.
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