The world has lost several talented individuals recently, and unfortunately during the holiday season. Sadly, a pop culture icon has passed away.
As Variety reported, a renowned musician/actor was hospitalized last week with organ failure and progressively worsening health. On Tuesday, 67-year-old David Cassidy passed away at a hospital in Florida.
JoAnn Geffen, Cassidy’s publicist, confirmed his death along with a statement from Cassidy’s family. “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. 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.”
Reports surfaced when Cassidy was admitted to the hospital last week, where he remained for several days until his death. He was placed in a medically-induced coma after being diagnosed with liver and kidney failure. Sources reported that Cassidy’s health was ailing for the past two months.
In early 2017, Cassidy came forward to publicly announce his dementia diagnosis and admitted he struggled to remember his song lyrics. At a March performance at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York, he spoke about his battle with dementia and arthritis, discussing how the latter made it difficult to play guitar. At the time, he stated that dementia afflicted both his mother and grandfather, and he expected his own diagnosis. He announced that his touring would come to an end.
He had told People magazine in March, “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Cassidy was born into a show business family. His father, Jack Cassidy, was Tony award-winning actor, while his stepmother, Shirley Jones, played his on-screen mother, Shirley Partridge.
Cassidy rose to fame in 1970 when he signed with Universal and was cast as Keith Partridge, the older brother on the sitcom, The Partridge Family. He quickly became a teen heartthrob, although the show ended in 1974. His singing on the show led him to a music career, during which he toured globally for nearly 50 years. His concerts were frequently sold out.
He made a few acting appearances in the following decades. Cassidy appeared in a guest role on Police Story, which led to his Emmy nomination. He also appeared on Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and Tales of the Unexpected, as well as David Cassidy – Man Undercover which lasted one season. He also had roles in the films Popstar, and Ruby and the Rockits.
He had thriving tours and Las Vegas shows, but struggled with alcoholism and made news for numerous DUI arrests during 2010-2014. He admitted his struggles in interviews, describing his addiction “very humbling and it’s also humiliating.”
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However, Cassidy brought joy and entertainment to many and had extensive involvement in charitable work spanning several decades. He frequently sold memorabilia for charity and was involved in several organizations for children’s aid and cancer relief, among many more efforts.
Cassidy’s survivors include his stepmother Shirley Jones, three half-brothers, as well as two children. They will need prayers as they mourn Cassidy’s loss this holiday season.