'70s teen heartthrob, David Cassidy dies at 67

David Cassidy, who won the hearts of millions with his singing and his hit ABC show The Partridge Family died at the age of 67. The announcement of his death was made by Cassidy's representative Jo-Ann Geffen in a statement which was released a while after the singer's death on November 21. 

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"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," the statement read.

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Cassidy was not keeping well for quite some time and was even admitted to a Florida hospital. At that time, he had been suffering from liver and kidney failure and was under medical care at the hospital until they found a donor. 

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During this, Jo-ann had issued another statement to address the grieving fans. "He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day," she said. She also added that the doctors were keeping Cassidy stable until they find another liver.

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Earlier that year, a video of Cassidy had emerged on social media in which it was noticed that the singer was finding it hard to remember the lyrics of his song and was stumbling around the stage during a California concert. It was after this that the Daydreamer singer came forward and spoke about his battle with dementia.

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However, Cassidy was not surprised because it was something he had foreseen. In an interview with People, the singer said that he had seen his mother and grandfather battle the disease but was 'in denial' with the idea that he was experiencing the same.

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The Ruby & The Rockits actor also opened up about his fear of being in the same position as his mother later in life. "In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room. … I feared I would end up that way," he said. 

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After realizing that the disease was soon going to get the better of him, Cassidy wanted to take a break from his music career and focus on things which he believed were important. "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," he shared. 

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Cassidy's entire career had been a roller coaster ride where fame happened to grab him by surprise. From a very young age, Cassidy had been interested in acting as he always watched his parents perform at Broadway. Acting was his chosen career option and he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.

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After doing several guest roles in various shows, his big breakthrough came in after he was cast as Keith Partridge, lead singer and guitarist of the fictional family band at the center of the musical sitcom, The Partridge Family. It was then that Cassidy started looking at his career's trajectory.

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In an interview with the Phoenix New Times, he said, "My career path took a very different turn from what it was originally going to be. I wanted to be an actor but I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, that first appearance, and wanted to play guitar."

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In the coming years, Cassidy was caught unaware of the fame that the show brought him. The Partridge Family soon became a hit and took the television and the music industry by storm. In fact, the song, I Think I Love You, became a number one hit and he was nominated for Best New Artist at the 1971 Grammys.

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Soon, Cassidy became the new teen idol with millions of people going crazy over his songs and looks. There came a point where David Cassidy Fan Club had more members than the Beatles Fan Club and Elvis Presley Fan Club combined. You could say, there was no stopping him.

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Later, Cassidy debuted his solo album Cherish in 1972 which was an instant success. While his show, The Partridge Family had disappeared from the television, Cassidy's music career was still alive in the hearts and minds of the people.

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Cassidy then focused on his music and collaborated with artists like the Beach Boys,  Brian Wilson, and John Lennon and gave us songs that are still cherished. Undoubtedly, Cassidy has left a big mark on the music and entertainment industry as well as in the hearts of the people. The singer is going to be missed. 

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