“Partridge Family” star David Cassidy has died, his publicist announced Tuesday night. He was 67.
by DAVID CAPLAN JASON NATHANSON CHRISTOPHER WATSON
(ABC News) – “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,” the former teen idol’s publicist JoAnn Geffen said in a statement. “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.”
Cassidy was hospitalized in Florida last Wednesday in critical condition with organ failure, Geffen confirmed to ABC News last Saturday.
Geffen added that Cassidy was in an induced coma but that he was “currently conscious and surrounded by family.”
Cassidy starred in the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” playing heartthrob Keith Partridge, and sold millions of records as the musical group’s lead singer.
“The Partridge Family” aired from 1970-74 and was intended at first as a vehicle for actress Shirley Jones, who was Cassidy’s stepmother. Jones played Shirley Partridge, a widow with five children with whom she forms a band that travels on a psychedelic bus.