Former Westchester resident, 1970s teenage heartthrob and Emmy Award-nominated actor David Cassidy has died after being admitted last week to the intensive care unit of a Fort Lauderdale hospital, suffering from organ failure.
Cassidy, who was 67, was "surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long" his publicist said Tuesday night.
Cassidy revealed this past February that he was struggling with a devastating diagnosis of dementia, something that had afflicted both his grandfather and mother, Cassidy told People magazine.
Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on the TV series, “The Partridge Family,” told People that he had always feared he would get the memory-loss disease.
Cassidy, whose personal struggles in the last few years have included divorce, bankruptcy, DUI arrests and drug rehab, stopped touring as a musician and to focus on his health and future happiness.
Prior to that, he had a hard time at a recent concert remembering the lyrics to songs he had sung for decades.
In a Feb. 7 message to fans, posted on his official website, www.davidcassidy.com , Cassidy said he would “always be eternally grateful for the love and support” they’ve shown him.
“I still love very much to play and perform live. But it’s much more difficult for me now,” he wrote.
Cassidy's nephew, Jack, posted on Twitter shortly after his uncle's death: "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."
Born in New York City, he is the son of singer/actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. The actress who played his mother on “The Partridge Family” was Cassidy’s real-life stepmother, Shirley Jones. Cassidy lived for a while with Jones, his father and his step-brothers at their home in Irvington.
Jones and the elder Cassidy had three sons, Shaun, Patrick and Ryan. Jones and Cassidy divorced in 1974. She later married comic/actor Marty Ingels.
Irvington isn’t the only Westchester town with a “Partridge” connection.
Susan Dey, who played Laurie on the show, was born in Illinois but grew up in Mount Kisco and graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford.
Her father, Robert Dey, was a newspaper editor in New Rochelle and later, in Mount Kisco.
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