Actor and musician David Cassidy, who skyrocketed to fame on The Partridge Family in the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 67.
According to TMZ, David died on Tuesday in a Florida hospital after his organs failed. He had reportedly been on life support since Monday. Earlier this year, David revealed he’d been battling dementia.
“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,” David’s publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, said.
David played the eldest sibling in the musical TV series The Partridge Family starting in 1970. He also sang one of the show’s biggest hits, “I Think I Love You.” It didn’t take long for his good looks and charm to cement his legacy as a heartthrob lining the pages of teen magazines throughout the series’ four-year run.
However, the climb to superstardom wasn’t exactly what David had in mind when he set out to begin his career. In a controversial cover issue of Rolling Stone in 1972, he appeared to be completely naked in an attempt to shake up his squeaky-clean image — something that definitely ruffled plenty of feathers with the family-friendly show’s producers.
Of course, the cover only boosted his popularity as he continued to sell out massive arenas for solo shows while on break from the TV series. Unfortunately, that level of fame came with a tragic cost. While performing at London’s White City Stadium in 1974, a sudden stampede of his fans caused 30 of the young attendees to be crushed against the gate. One of those fans, a 14-year-old named Bernadette Whelan, died from her injuries four days later — a tragedy that David admitted haunted him for the rest of his life.
After the TV show ended, David lived a calmer life while still releasing albums and appearing on TV and films, including an Emmy-nominated guest spot on Police Story in 1978.
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