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David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star and NJ native, dead at 67

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Stacy Diaz | 22 November, 2017, 04:55

No further details were immediately available, but Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital suffering from organ failure.

Cassidy had wrestled with substance abuse in recent years, having been charged three times with DUIs since 2010 and spending time in a rehab facility in 2014.

As for a career highlight Cassidy remembered fondly, he described the roar of a crowd that included his family at a 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden.

David was the son of actor Jack Cassidy and Broadway performer Evelyn Ward. In 1970, after signing with Universal, Cassidy took on the role of older brother Keith Partridge in "The Partridge Family".

While he was best known for his music, Cassidy had a number of television stints after his break Partridge Family break, and was even nominated for an Emmy in 1978.

He said in 2006: "I've had a great metamorphosis in my life". It failed but his attempt at stardom didn't: he did a screen test and ended up moving to Los Angeles where he made appearances in TV shows like Ironside, Medical Center, and Adam-12.

The Partridge Family star passed away on Tuesday 21 November, his family have confirmed in a statement.

He is survived by half-brothers Shaun Cassidy, actors Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.

Earlier this year, Cassidy announced he was ending his 50-year career after revealing he was struggling with memory loss.

In 2015 he filed for bankruptcy.

He told the publication, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming".

He went on to enjoy a hugely successful pop career and scored two United Kingdom number ones with How Can I Be Sure and Daydreamer. The songs "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" and "I'll Meet You Halfway" also cracked the top 10 the next year.