Former teen idol David Cassidy dies at age 67

NEW YORK (AP) - Former teen idol David Cassidy of "The Partridge Family" has died, his publicist said Tuesday night. Cassidy was 67 years old.

David Cassidy

Publicist JoAnn Geffen released a statement Tuesday evening saying Cassidy had died "surrounded by those he loved."

"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."

Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was suffering organ failure after he was taken to a hospital in pain in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last Wednesday.

Cassidy revealed earlier this year he was struggling with memory loss. He also announced this year that he was ending his 50-year career after a few concerts. The actor and singer said that traveling and his arthritis made performing difficult.

Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial success, ranging from substance abuse to bankruptcy.

He skyrocketed to fame as Keith Partridge, the eldest son and lead singer in a family band that traveled in a psychedelic colored bus. "The Partridge Family" aired on ABC from 1970 to 1974 and was intended at first as a vehicle for Shirley Jones, an Oscar winning actress (and Cassidy's real-life stepmother).

Cassidy became an idol and sold millions of records, both as the fictional musical group's lead singer and as a solo artist.

According to Billboard magazine, "The Partridge Family" had five Top 10 songs in Adult Contemporary: "It's One of Those Nights," peaking at #2 in 1972; "I'll Meet You Halfway" (#4, 1971); "Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted" (#6, 1971); "I Think I Love You" (#8, 1970); and "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" (#9, 1973).

"I Think I Love You" reached #1 on the Hot 100 chart.

As a solo artist, Cassidy had two Top 10 hits in Adult Contemporary: "Cherish," which hit #1 in 1972, and "How Can I Be Sure," which peaked at #9 in 1972.

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