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"The Partridge Family" star, David Cassidy dies at 67

David Cassidy, the singer and star of "The Partridge Family" television series, died Tuesday night, his family confirmed. He was 67.

Cassidy leaves behind two children, daughter Katie, 30, and son Beau, 26.

The former teen idol was hospitalized on Nov. 15 with liver and kidney failure. His publicist said Cassidy was listed in critical condition at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

His family said "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long." 

Earlier this year, Cassidy announced he was ending his 50-year career after revealing he was struggling with memory loss. The announcement came after a concert in Agoura Hills, California, where he reportedly struggled to remember lyrics to songs he had been singing for decades. The one-time heartthrob said his retirement was "not a complete 'Good bye' but I'm planning on working much less."

Cassidy rose to fame and became a 70's teen heartthrob thanks to his role as Keith Partridge in the sitcom 'The Partridge Family". His on-screen mother, Shirley Jones, was also his real life stepmother.

In 1974 Cassidy left the Partridge family and went on to release several hit solo records. The singer song writer continued to act and appeared on Broadway. Despite all the success he hit hard times.  Cassidy admitted he was broke by the 80s. His financial struggles would continue throughout his later life, in 2015 he filed for bankruptcy.

 


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