Musician David Cassidy, who stole the hearts of teens everywhere as Keith Partridge on ’70s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, has passed away at the age of 67.
The famous singer and actor — who released 12 studio albums across his prolific career — had been in critical condition at a hospital in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale, and suffered organ failure prior to his death Tuesday. Earlier this year, Cassidy revealed he was suffering from dementia.
“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,” says publicist Jo-Ann Geffen (via CNN).
A post on Cassidy’s official Facebook page reads:
“David Cassidy has meant so much to so many people.
David was an iconic teen idol in the 70’s and he maintained a career spanning movies, theatre, music, writing, directing. His multi-generational connection to so many people from all walks of life, from all around the world will be felt today.
Despite being a star, he was kind hearted, thoughtful and considerate of others and a friend.
He will be greatly missed.”
Cassidy was one of the original celebabies, born into stardom to famed singer-actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward.
His 1970 Partridge Family single ‘I Think I Love You’ hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970 and sold a whopping 5 million copies, while later singles ‘Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted’ and ‘I’ll Meet You Halfway’ also cracked the top 10.
As well as his iconic role in The Partridge Family, Cassidy also appeared in other big-name TV shows including Ironside and Bonanza.
RIP to one of the 70’s biggest heartthrobs.