Legendary singer and actor David Cassidy has passed away aged 67, after suffering from multiple organ failure.
Best known for playing Keith Partridge in the hit 1970’s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, Cassidy died aged 67 surrounded by his family.
He’d been admitted to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale earlier this week after suffering from pain.
Cassidy was in desperate need of a liver transplant – earlier this year it was also reported the singer had dementia and would stop touring so he could enjoy his life.
In an interview with People magazine, Cassidy revealed his illness saying:
I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming. I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been, without any distractions.
I want to love. I want to enjoy life.
He also admitted he saw his mother battle with the same disease, until her death at the age of 89, saying:
In the end, the only way I knew she recognised me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room.
I feared I would end up that way.
The hit show Cassidy starred in, The Partridge Family, spawned plenty of hit songs such as the classic I Think I Love You.
The sitcom followed a mother and her five children, as they formed a rock’n’roll band until it ended in 1974.
Cassidy became a heartthrob and went on to have a hugely successful solo career as a singer and pop idol.
The past decade has been a roller-coaster of personal highs and lows for the star as he struggled with alcohol.
Between 2010 and 2014, Cassidy was arrested three times for drunk driving and was sent to rehab as a part of his last sentence.
In 2015, Cassidy filed for bankruptcy – he was charged for driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of a car accident.
Receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on Police Story in 1978, the world will remember him as being a major star of the 70’s.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.