The Partridge Family heartthrob and musician David Cassidy, who sold millions of records around the world and earned himself an army of devoted fans, has died at the age of 67.
Perhaps best known for his role in TV series The Partridge Family between from 1970 to 1974, Cassidy died in a Florida hospital on Tuesday night after being admitted with organ failure.
A statement released by his representative Jo-Ann Geffen read:
“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 of love and support you have shown him these many years.”
His nephew Jack posted this tweet soon after:
My uncle David Cassidy has sadly passed away tonight… & in the process of mourning I can't help but thank God for the joy that he brought to countless millions of people! I don't think I'm alone in saying that we will all miss him. God Speed!
— Jack Cassidy (@jackgcassidy) November 22, 2017
Cassidy’s death comes just nine months after the star announced he was retiring from touring and that he had been diagnosed with dementia.
The performer was THE teen idol of the 1970’s with his work in both the television and music industries earning him a steady following. He and his The Partridge Family co-stars had a number 1 hit with “I Think I Love You” in 1970 while, as a solo artist, Cassidy had his biggest success with a version of “Cherish”, which peaked at number 9 in 1971.
After The Partridge Family ended, Cassidy went on to feature in episodes of Fantasy Island, Malcolm In The Middle and CSI among others.
His half brother Shaun was one of the first to pay tribute to him with scores more flooding Twitter in the hours that followed. You can read just a selection of them below.
When I was a little boy and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing pillow fight. During the battle, he would regale me with hysterical stories of our father, often culminating in his taking a giant leap off my top bunk…
— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) November 22, 2017
…I tried to catch him of course. I always tried to catch him. But I never could. Now, I will carry him, along with all of the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, none more filled with love than these last few at his side. pic.twitter.com/nc4w9HdTLC
— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) November 22, 2017
"RIP David Cassidy" Who my age did not want to look like, sound like, just be him when they were young? I was lucky to get to know the sweet & very funny real David as an adult & I still wanted to be him.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) November 22, 2017
"David Cassidy" David Cassidy" RIP David Cassidy. Once upon a time, when life was much simpler and innocent, you gave America the gift of Laughter & Music, on many of lazy Summer afternoons. We remember & Thank You !!! pic.twitter.com/AAlCQMmLxV
— Chico and JC (@chico_for) November 22, 2017
I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person. Love & Mercy to David and his family.
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) November 22, 2017
David Cassidy. RIP. Thank you for the joy you gave me growing up x
— Lind (@LaCapelle) November 22, 2017
Sad to learn David Cassidy has died. Like his father Jack he had great talent, and a complicated life. Condolences to his wonderful family.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) November 22, 2017
Rest in Peace. I thought David Cassidy had one of the great pop voices. I loved his voice. pic.twitter.com/X1CgeUUFrL
— Kurt Resists?️? (@kurtresists) November 22, 2017
I️ have known, loved, and admired David Cassidy for 48 out of my 58 years. He has been as kind to me as any real brother could ever be. We’ve been through a lot together and he was always there for me. This loss is huge. RIP my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/eKdRyAuW2B
— Danny Bonaduce (@TheDoochMan) November 22, 2017
Another legend taken from us.
?I think I love you?
?How can I be sure?
Thank you for those and all the wonderful songs and I remember my sister buying Jackie magazine to lust over your posters. RIP David Cassidy. pic.twitter.com/mUwUGIlqf9
— Derek Faye (@Derek_Faye) November 22, 2017
so sad to hear of the passing of david cassidy… he was always so kind to me – such a pleasure to have had him on my show… sending love and prayers to his family… R.I.P. friend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tsFkNiJzFc
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) November 22, 2017
The end of The American heartthrob since Elvis Presley.
May your beautiful soul rest in peace mr. Cassidy. And I thank you for all the fond memories you gave me throughout my life pic.twitter.com/8cN83JeKmB
— Diane Campbell ?? (@Dicamp3667) November 22, 2017
So very sad to hear of David Cassidy passing away? He was always so kind and sweet to me. Our shows were both on Friday nights and deep down I dreamt of being a Partridge. His memory and love will live on in my ❤️forever. Love you David. Prayers to his family??
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) November 22, 2017
DAVID CASSIDY – you were the poster on my bedroom wall – you set my childhood to music. Thank you for the joy and the songs. May you rest in peace. #DavidCassidy #DavidCassidyRIP pic.twitter.com/7kYdOXrRuT
— Cara Dolan Berry (@CaraDolanBerry) November 22, 2017
Very sad to say goodbye to an old friend. #DavidCassidy & I shared dozens of teen magazine covers & wall space in the rooms of countless teenaged girls. I enjoyed spending time w/ him & getting to know him through the years. My thoughts are with his loved ones. #RIP pic.twitter.com/KyC9Qsb9tm
— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) November 22, 2017
Update (07/12/17): It was revealed today that Cassidy’s actress daughter Katie, best known for her appearances in CW TV series Arrow, has been left out of her father’s will. A copy of the document, obtained by Metro.co.uk, reads: ‘It is my specific intent not to provide any benefits hereunder to Katherine Evelyn Cassidy.’