David Cassidy, best known for his role in the 1970s TV show ‘Patridge Family’, died in Florida on Tuesday, November 21, after suffering liver and kidney failure. The guitarist and singer was 67 years old.
“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”, his family said in a statement, which is sent by Cassidy’s representative Jo-Ann Geffen to USA TODAY.
“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.”, the statement continued. He had also suffered from dementia in the past few months and announced that he would stop giving performances as the disease worsened.
According to sources, the former teen idol was looking for a liver transplant but unfortunately his condition got worse and he was placed on a breathing tube. He was survived by his stepmother Shirley Jones, his half-brothers Shaun, Ryan and Patrick and his children Katie and Beau.
He gained high popularity as Keith Patridge on the musical sitcom. He sang many hit songs for the ‘Patridge Family’ like I Think I Love You. “In two years, David Cassidy has swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of millions of American girls. 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.”, the Rolling Stone magazine noted in 1972.
After quitting the show, he started focusing on his solo career. He recorded 6 compilation albums and a dozen studio albums. He also received Emmy award nomination for his guest role in ‘Police Story’. He married thrice and had two children.