DAVID CASSIDY died yesterday at the age of 67. His publicist says he died of complications from dementia.
Sadly, his death isn’t a surprise. Over the weekend, TMZ reported that he was hospitalized in Florida, and his organs were failing. David first revealed that he had dementia back in February.
David became a ‘teen idol’ because of his starring role on “The Partridge Family” back in the ’70s. He played Keith, the son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by his real-life stepmom Shirley Jones. He parlayed that into a singing career, going out on tour singing both Partridge songs as well as originals.
Some of his biggest hits were “Cherish”, “How Can I Be Sure”, “I Think I Love You”, and “I Write the Songs”, which later became Barry Manilow’s signature song. And, of course, the show’s theme song “Come On Get Happy”.
In recent years, David struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse. He was arrested for DUI three times between 2010 and 2014. He also filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
In 2011, he did “Celebrity Apprentice”, but he was the first to be fired. He regularly toured . . . and occasionally took on TV roles, Broadway productions, and Vegas shows. He was married and divorced three times, and had two kids.
Some celebrities are already paying tribute, including . . .
Maureen McCormickTweeted, quote, “He was always so kind and sweet to me. Our shows were both on Friday nights and deep down I dreamt of being a Partridge. His memory and love will live on in my heart.”
Scott BaioTweeted, “My condolences . . . I knew David Cassidy and saw him a couple of years ago. He was extremely talented. May God rest his soul.”
Brian WilsonTweeted, quote, “There were times in the mid-’70s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person.”
Kevin SmithTweeted, quote, “David Cassidy’s Keith was one of my favorite TV characters. He was legit funny AND he could sing. The man entertained me during my childhood and even years later.”
Marie OsmondTweeted, quote, “Heartbroken over the passing of David Cassidy. He graced the covers of teen magazines with my brothers in the ’70s.”