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David Cassidy Passes Away

Updated on November 22, 2017
David Cassidy is a talented musician, however, he was best known for the character role as Keith Partridge in the sitcom, The Partridge Family.
David Cassidy is a talented musician, however, he was best known for the character role as Keith Partridge in the sitcom, The Partridge Family. | Source

It has saddened me to hear the terrible news that David Cassidy passed away.

My Personal Feelings

David Cassidy was a Role Model

As a child in the 70's I had many role models. There was Henry Winkler who played Fonzie in Happy Days, Lee Majors who played Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man and David Cassidy who played Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family.

Growing up with two younger sisters who were more into the Brady Bunch than The Partridge Family, made it a little difficult to try and get my Partridge Family fix.

I thought Keith Partridge was the coolest "older kid" in the whole world. I was often made fun of by my older male cousins because of my adoration of Keith Partridge.

I remember how excited I was when I learned that David Cassidy was Keith Partridge's real name. I remember feeling that I was just let in on the biggest kept secret in TV land and felt as though I just got that much closer to meeting Keith.

My MOST Prized Possession in the 1970's

My Most Sincere Condolences

Rest in Peace David Cassidy

Good-Bye Keith Partridge

The Passing of a Teenage Heartthrob

In a February 2017 article, regarding this talented performer, it states that Cassidy reported to People Magazine that he struggled to remember lyrics to songs he has been singing on stage for 50 years due to dementia. The 66 year old former teenage heartthrob was also reported to have allegedly fallen off a stage at a concert in California the weekend before this People Magazine interview. Cassidy then surprised his fans during the People Magazine interview by stating that because of his dementia (and other health issues) he will no longer be performing on stage.

Unfortunately, in November, Cassidy was experiencing multiple organ failure and was eventually placed in ICU. Cassidy was scheduled for a kidney transplant, but since his health was deteriorating doctors decided against it and informed Cassidy's family that "the end was near". Close sources said that Cassidy was conscious and surrounded by loved ones, while some sources stated that Cassidy was in a medically-induced coma. Whatever his condition, it is reported that he needed a breathing tube to remain comfortable.

David Cassidy: The sad decline of a teenage idol
David Cassidy: The sad decline of a teenage idol | Source

Some Interesting Facts

  • Born in New York April 12, 1950: raised in New Jersey; moved to Los Angles in 1969
  • Raised mostly by his maternal grandmother as a child
  • Starred in a Broadway play on January 2, 1969 that only lasted 4 days
  • Learned that his parents divorce 2 years after from neighborhood kids
  • Shirley Jones was not only the mother to David's character Keith Partridge, but she was also David's stepmother in real life
  • Cassidy wanted to be a respected musician such as Mick Jagger and didn't care much for his "bubble gum pop" status until much later in his life
  • David Cassidy and Shirley Jones were the only ones that were allowed to sing, the rest of the family lip-synced
  • Some say Cassidy's turning point came on May 26, 1974 when he did a live concert which caused a gate stampede killing a 14-year-old girl at the White City Stadium in London, England
  • Soon after the death of the 14-year-old girl David quit acting and touring
  • David Cassidy is the original creator of the song "I write the Songs" which Barry Manilow is famous for performing his shows
  • By 1978 David Cassidy received an Emmy Award nomination when he starred in an episode of Police Story titled "A Chance to Live"
  • As successful & highly paid as he was Cassidy claimed that he was broke by 1980's
  • In 2008 Cassidy publicly admitted he was an alcoholic
  • Cassidy moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2002
  • He was arrested for DUI in Florida on November 3, 2010
  • He was the first to be fired as a contestant on a 2011 episode of Celebrity Apprentice
  • On August 21, 2013 was arrested for DUI in Schodack, New York
  • Cassidy was arrested on suspicion of DUI in California on January 10, 2014
  • Cassidy filled for bankruptcy in 2015
  • On February 20, 2017, Cassidy announced that he was living with dementia

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