American actor and singer David Cassidy who found fame in The Partridge Family television series has lost his battle for life on Tuesday, November 21, after suffering multiple organ failure.
A family statement later confirmed that the entertainer had passed away in hospital, saying: "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long."
Earlier this year the singer said he had dementia and would stop touring in order to "enjoy life."
In recent years he has spoken about his struggles with alcohol, having been arrested three times for drink driving. He was ordered to rehab as part of his sentence in 2014.
In 2015, he filed for bankruptcy, having been divorced three times. He has two children.
Tributes to Cassidy have been widely shared on social media.
This was the 1st album I ever owned, a much-requested gift for Chanukah 1971.— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) November 22, 2017
RIP David Cassidy. I can’t believe he has passed on. But I truly can’t believe that so many years have passed that Keith Partridge was 67. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/FdArZkG3BP
so sad to hear of the passing of david cassidy… he was always so kind to me — such a pleasure to have had him on my show… sending love and prayers to his family… R.I.P. friend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tsFkNiJzFc— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) November 22, 2017
I️ have known, loved, and admired David Cassidy for 48 out of my 58 years. He has been as kind to me as any real brother could ever be. We’ve been through a lot together and he was always there for me. This loss is huge. RIP my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/eKdRyAuW2B— Danny Bonaduce (@TheDoochMan) November 22, 2017
🎶 David Cassidy 🎶 has sadly passed away. 🙏🏻 RIP🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/wTsfxKCnLY— A.Silver-MeMEs & GIFs (@SilverAdie) November 22, 2017
David Cassidy was the biggest heartthrob of the 70s. Every boy wanted to look like him. His voice was like silk. So sad he has gone. I watched his struggles. Prayers for his family and fans. R.I.P https://t.co/Y0HIS8GKO0— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) November 22, 2017
We would like to send our condolences to the family, friends and fans of actor & singer David Cassidy, who has sadly lost his battle with dementia, aged 67 https://t.co/Y8wuOTLy6k pic.twitter.com/WQu9ibb85O— AlzheimersResearchUK (@ARUKnews) November 22, 2017
David Cassidy and his Mum— Aussi Talbot (@aussi_talbot) November 22, 2017
thank you for the music David xxx pic.twitter.com/BRJ4qxa8ZY
Cassidy was born in New York to a family familiar with the entertainment industry. His gather was a singer and actor, while his mother was an actress.
His big break came when the youthful-looking star won the lead role in The Partridge Family.
Cassidy became a teen heartthrob in 1970s after appearing in the television sitcom, playing the role of Keith Partridge, the eldest of five children in a family that forms a pop band with their mother that goes out on tour in a multicolored bus.
With his feathered haircut and green eyes, his character was periodically swooned over by young women and teenagers both in the United States and across Europe.
The show spawned a series of hit songs including I Think I Love You during its four year run between 1970 and 1974.
No More Boy Next Door
At the height of his fame, Cassidy admitted becoming weary of the squealing mobs of hysterical girls. "Oh, they're cute. They get flustered and I get flustered, and it's all kind of fun," he said.
"But it's no fun when they rip your clothes and take rooms next door in hotels and keep pounding on the door and slipping notes under it."
In an attempt to shake-off his squeaky clean image, the singer posed nude in a photo shoot for Rolling Stone magazine in 1972.
In the cover article, he said he was already dreaming about the end of his acting career.
"I'll feel really good when it's over," he said, adding: "I have an image of myself in five years. I'm living on an island. The sky is blue, the sun is shining. And I'm smiling, I'm healthy, I'm a family man."
At the peak of his career, Cassidy headlined Madison Square Garden, wearing the kind of white jumpsuit Elvis Presley also favored in the 1970s — and even had a bigger fan club membership than The Beatles and Elvis.
Cassidy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1970, while his 1972 solo album Cherish went gold.
After the television show ended, Cassidy pursued an adult career, in and out of acting and music for the next several decades, regularly performing in Las Vegas.