David Cassidy — actor, musician, and heartthrob of the ’70s — died Nov. 21, 2017, at the age of 67 from organ failure due to dementia, after being put into a medically induced coma.
He was diagnosed with dementia roughly three years ago and revealed it earlier in 2017 when the events of a disastrous concert had fans questioning his sobriety.
Cassidy explained that dementia ran in his family and it had been difficult for him to watch the progress of the disease in other family members, including his mother.
His death serves as yet another reminder of the debilitating effects dementia can have on both its victims and their families.
David Cassidy was born in April 1950 in New York City, the son of fellow actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward.
He became famous for his part as Keith Partridge in “The Partridge Family,” on which he co-starred with his stepmother, Shirley Jones.
During the show’s first year on air, Cassidy was nominated and won multiple awards for singing and acting.
He also had multiple No. 1 singles and records and, over the next several years, grew a fan base that rivaled that of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Cassidy’s career took off quickly in 1970 when the show began, but four years later, a tragedy struck that was difficult for him to handle.
In May 1974, during a concert held in the London White Stadium, some 650 fans were injured in a crush as they lurched forward after he came on stage.
One young fan died from injuries sustained during the event. This is thought to be the reason behind Cassidy’s leaving “The Partridge Family.”
David Cassidy died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, leaving behind two children — Beau Cassidy, a musician, and Katie Cassidy, an actress known best for her role on “Arrow.”
His children have released his final words: “So much wasted time.”
Whether he was referring to the time he ought to have spent with his family and loved ones or his difficult battle with alcoholism, we never will know.
Many fans of all ages mourned the passing of this iconic performer, and I personally hope he knew just how beloved he was.
Asked in an interview in 1974 how he felt about the people who had attended his arrival in the city, Cassidy said, “It’s nice to know there are that many people out there that care enough to come out to see you.”
After Cassidy’s passing, publicist Joann Geffen released this statement on behalf of the family:
“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.”