Singer, former teen idol David Cassidy dead at 67

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 22, 2017

Cassidy's son, Beau, shared an update on his father's Facebook on Sunday: "Unfortunately David is very sick".

The star, who enjoyed hits like How Can I Be Sure, added: "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions".

"I want to love".

He later told People magazine he had been in "denial" about his illness and he had made a decision to stop touring, saying he wanted to "enjoy life".

The news of his death comes some nine months after Cassidy admitted he was suffering from dementia.

Cassidy had recently been diagnosed with dementia.

In recent years he struggled with alcohol problems and was arrested three times for drink-driving between 2010 and 2014.

Cassidy first found fame as the breakaway star of the early 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family".

His father was actor Jack Cassidy, who suffered from bipolar disorder and alcoholism. In addition to Cassidy and Jones, "The Partridge Family" starred Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce and Suzanne Crough as the family's other children, and Dave Madden as manager Ruben Kincaid.

Cassidy was mainly raised by his maternal grandparents, who he later said provided him with a "strong, positive, loving foundation".

He oozed appeal on multiple levels: Cassidy proved equally lovable as a sitcom big brother who played straight man to his TV brother Danny (Danny Bonaduce) and as a shaggy-haired pop idol who played to countless screaming fans.

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"His ego found it really hard".

"So sad to report the passing of David Cassidy", Monkees bass guitarist Peter Tork wrote on Facebook. "I love to make them laugh. I don't think I'm alone in saying that we will all miss him".

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

Her decline, he said, was "terribly painful to watch". His financial struggles would continue throughout his later life, in 2015 he filed for bankruptcy.

Raised in New Jersey, Cassidy moved to Los Angeles in 1969 after starring in a Broadway musical that closed after only four performances.

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

David Cassidy in the 1970s.

As well as his iconic role in The Partridge Family, Cassidy also appeared in other big-name TV shows including Ironside and Bonanza.

According to Cassidy's official website, he caused "such mass hysteria" that Australia officials "threatened to throw him out of their country as a health hazard".

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.

Cassidy later launched a solo career, recording a dozen studio albums and six compilation albums.

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