David Cassidy, a musician best known as the teenage crush, “Kieth Partridge” in the 70’s show “The Partridge Family”, passed away the evening of November 21, 2017 of kidney and liver failure. He was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away in a Ft. Lauderdale hospital.
Born in April of 1950, David Cassidy was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
In January, 1969, Cassidy made his professional debut in the Broadway musical “The Fig Leaves Are Falling”. It closed after four performances, but a casting director saw the show and asked Cassidy to make a screen test. In 1969, he moved to Los Angeles. After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, Cassidy was featured in episodes of the television series Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12 and Bonanza.
in 1970, Partridge Family producers Paul Junger Witt and Bob Claver did not care whether Cassidy could sing, knowing only that good looks would guarantee success. Shortly after production began, Cassidy convinced music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough, and he was promoted to lead singer for the series’ recordings.
Once “I Think I Love You” became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, a cover of The Association’s “Cherish” which reached number nine in the United States, number two in the United Kingdom , and number one in Australia and New Zealand.
He became an instant success, selling out concert in major arenas around the world. his concerts produced mass hysteria, resulting in the media coining the term “Cassidymania“. For example, he played to two sellout crowds of 56,000 each at the Houston Astrodome in Texas over one weekend in 1972.
In February of 2017, Cassidy announced that he was living with dementia, the condition that his mother suffered from at the end of her life. He retired from performing due to the condition became noticeable when he forgot lyrics during performances.
On November 18, 2017, Cassidy was hospitalized for liver and kidney failure. Doctors hoped to keep Cassidy stable until a liver became available for transplant, but he died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, aged 67. According to his daughter Kate, his last words were “So much wasted time”.