David Cassidy, 1970s heartthrob, dies at 67: publicist

Source:AFP Published: 2017/11/22 16:53:39

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US actor and musician David Cassidy, a 1970s teen idol best known for his role in musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, died Tuesday. He was 67.

Publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told AFP that Cassidy - who revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia earlier this year - died of liver failure in Florida.

"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," his family said in a statement.

The Partridge Family was aired on ABC 1970-74, telling the story of a widowed mother (Cassidy's real-life stepmother at the time, Shirley Jones) and her children as they form a rock'n'roll band and embark on a musical career.

Cassidy, a New Yorker by birth, starred as lead vocalist and guitarist Keith Partridge, with the band releasing hits such as "I Think I Love You," which hit No.1 on the Billboard chart in 1970.

Over the next 40 years, Cassidy continued to tour and record, releasing 12 studio albums and selling over 30 million records in total - scoring Grammy nominations in the process.

Cassidy, who lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is survived by his two children - 26-year-old Beau, a singer-songwriter, and Katie Cassidy, 30, an actress.


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