David Cassidy walks down a travel in London in Apr 1974.
One of a biggest song and radio stars of a 1970s has died: David Cassidy, who played a adolescent, determined musician on a TV uncover “The Patridge Family” and who became a teen-dream cocktail statue in his possess right, was 67 years old.
Cassidy suggested to People Magazine in Feb 2017 that he had been diagnosed with insanity and would stop performing. He also common that both his grandfather and mom had suffered from insanity before him.
Cassidy was reported to be in vicious condition on Nov. 19 with organ failure, and was hospitalized in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. area. He died Tuesday night of liver failure.
David Cassidy was innate in 1950 in New York City to dual performers, thespian and actor Jack Cassidy and singer Evelyn Ward; his relatives after divorced, and in 1956 his father marry another actress, Shirley Jones. Cassidy spent a vast cube of his childhood in suburban West Orange, N.J., being lifted by his maternal grandparents, yet eventually motionless to follow in his parents’ veteran footsteps.
Still a teenager, he ping-ponged between Los Angeles and New York before signing a agreement with his father and Jones’ manager. He went to California for a shade exam in 1969; a camera desired Cassidy’s glowing, preternaturally boyish good looks, and in brief sequence he had requisitioned episodes of several high-profile TV series, including Bonanza and Marcus Welby, M.D.
Within a year of his shade test, he had been sealed to his life-changing purpose as a oldest child in a family of 5 determined cocktail singers and their musically means mom — played by Shirley Jones, Cassidy’s real-life stepmother. By a time he was 20, Cassidy was one of a world’s many tangible radio and song stars, even yet he had never sung publicly until he became Keith Partridge.
(The strange thought was that all of a child actors would lip-sync a Partridge Family’s low-pitched numbers; shortly after a uncover went into production, a dusky-voiced Cassidy assured a show’s producers that he could reason his possess vocally alongside Jones, who had already starred in film versions of musicals, including Oklahoma, Carousel and The Music Man.)
Within dual months of a entrance of The Partridge Family on ABC in Sep 1970, Cassidy had a No. 1 strike on a Billboard Hot 100 draft — “I Think we Love You” — billed as “The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones Featuring David Cassidy.”
During an epoch when a Big Three promote networks still had a monolithic reason on cocktail culture, Cassidy’s design was unexpected everywhere — not only on a fronts of magazines and record albums, yet on lunch boxes, posters, cereal boxes and toys. He sole out unison venues opposite a globe, from New York’s Madison Square Garden to stadiums in London and Melbourne.
By 1972, Cassidy already was painful to strew his bubble-gum persona. Like legions of teenage stars before and after him, he played adult his sex interest to underscore his adulthood; in a cover story for Rolling Stone — with a mural shot by Annie Leibowitz cropped only subsequent a tip of his pubic hair — he talked about his drug use: “Not smack,” he explained, “but weed and speed and psychedelics.”
The Partridge Family was cancelled in 1974; Cassidy had some success as a solo low-pitched act after that, yet he felt as if he couldn’t shun being Keith Partridge.
“They’re merchandising your name and your face and your likeness,” he told NPR in 1981. “And we felt kind of attacked of my identity.”
Cassidy left behaving for about 3 years while he attempted to figure out what to do next. By a 1980s, he had started to seem in low-pitched theater, both on Broadway and in London’s West End.
But in his personal life, he eventually seemed to spin out entirely. In a 2010s, he had a fibre of arrests on drunk-driving charges in Florida, New York and California. In 2014 he told CNN, “I am many really an alcoholic.” The following year, he announced failure and was charged with a hit-and-run in Fort Lauderdale.
David Cassidy is survived by dual children, Beau and Katie Cassidy; his ex-wife, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy; his half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy; his stepmother, Shirley Jones; and several nieces and nephews.