David Cassidy, pop culture idol of the 1970s, died Tuesday in a Florida hospital. The musician and actor was 67.
Cassidy’s publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed his death, with a statement from his family. “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.”
He had been hospitalized for several days with organ failure. Cassidy announced his diagnosis with dementia in early 2017. He performed at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York in March, talking about his dementia, and said his arthritis made playing guitar an ordeal.
November 18th: Partridge Family star David Cassidy, 67, has been placed in an ‘induced coma with multiple organ failures.’ His family is told to ‘prepare for the worst’ nine months after revealing he had dementia.
Three days ago, the 67-year-old Partridge Family star and singer was rushed to hospital in Florida, with a source telling TMZ his condition was ‘grim’. He is believed to have been in failing health for the last 2 months.
Doctors believe he could die if he doesn’t get an urgent kidney or liver transplant, and his family have been told to prepare for the worst. TMZ reports the family has gathered at his bedside.
Another source told The Blast he is ‘in and out of consciousness,’ and his condition is being monitored closely.
Cassidy is widely known for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the 1970s series The Partridge Family. Back in February, the star revealed he was battling dementia after he fell on stage during a concert in Los Angeles. His mother, actress Evelyn Ward, and his grandfather also had the condition.
He stumbled on stage and forgot some of his words, prompting fears he started drinking again.
He told People magazine after the gig:
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.”
His mother the actress Evelyn Ward struggled with dementia until her death at 89 in 2012. Cassidy said:
“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.”