Former Teen Idol David Cassidy Dead At Age 67


Former Teen Idol David Cassidy Dead At Age 67

David Cassidy in a 1972 publicity still for "The Partridge Family".

David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the television show "The Partridge Family", died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said.

At a 1974 London concert, almost 800 people were injured in a stampede at a Cassidy concert, and one teenage girl died a few days later.

He had been hospitalized for several days with organ failure. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years".

He went on to enjoy a hugely successful pop career and scored two United Kingdom number ones with How Can I Be Sure and Daydreamer.

David's family has been arriving at the hospital to comfort him.

Born into a showbiz family in NY (his father was singer and actor Jack Cassidy and his mother was actress Evelyn Ward), Cassidy started a Broadway and small screen career in 1969.

But Cassidy struggled with his image as a frothy pop star, only coming to grips with it and embracing it later in life. The role spurred a successful music career through the "70s".

Cassidy's stepmother, Shirley Jones, was married to Jack for almost two decades until they divorced in 1975. And while he did perform as a solo artist, he and The Partridge Family had a No. 1 hit with the catchy tune I Think I Love You in fall 1970.

The group was nominated for a best new artist Grammy.

Former Teen Idol David Cassidy Dead At Age 67
Former Teen Idol David Cassidy Dead At Age 67

He's the stepson of actress and fellow "Partridge Family" star Shirley Jones.

With pretty-boy good looks and a long mane of dark hair, Cassidy was one every girl's favorite teen crush in the early 1970s and drew screaming crowds at concert appearances. He starred in the $75 million show EFX at the MGM Grand in 1996, and his 2001 album, Then and Now went platinum.

Cassidy released his autobiography, "Could It Be Forever?" It was the first of three failed marriages.

He is survived by half-brothers Shaun Cassidy, actors Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.

A month after his third arrest, his wife, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, filed for divorce.

Back in February, Cassidy revealed he had dementia in an interview with People.

"I'm an optimist", he said.

The Partridge Family ended in 1974, and by the end of the decade the buzz around Cassidy had subsided.

"It was so emotional for me".