1970s Teen Heartthrob Passes Away After Organ Failure

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November 21, 2017Nov 21, 2017

67-year-old actor David Cassidy, of “The Partridge Family” fame, passed away on Tuesday. publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, confirmed the report to CNN.

He was placed into an induced coma on Saturday, reported TMZ. They said his organs had begun shutting down. At the time, one source told TMZ, “It’s looking grim.”

He initially was expected to need a kidney transplant. He had recently been admitted to the intensive care unit of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital.

On Sunday, TMZ revealed that he is now in the ICU, on a breathing tube, and receiving a transplant would potentially not keep him alive. The family is sadly "expecting the worse" outcome. Doctors were not hopeful for his survival.

"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," said Geffen.

Cassidy's nephew, Jack Cassidy, tweeted about his uncle's death, saying "I can't help but thank God for the joy that he brought to countless millions of people."

https://twitter.com/jackgcassidy/status/933160505333518337

Cassidy was the son of famed actor and singer Jack Cassidy. After graduating in 1968, Cassidy’s father helped him launch his career. His early appearances included "Ironside," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Adam-12" and "Bonanza."

In 1970, Cassidy hit it big when he began playing the role of Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom "The Partridge Family." His stepmother, Shirley Jones, portrayed his mother, a widow with five children.

The series ran for four years, and it also released several musical hits. The single "I Think I Love You," featuring Cassidy on lead vocals, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970, and it sold more than 5 million copies.

The shows songs "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" and "I'll Meet You Halfway" also cracked the top 10 the next year.

After the show ended, Cassidy launched a solo career, recording a dozen studio albums and six compilation albums.

Several fellow entertainers have taken to Twitter to mourn Cassidy’s passing.

https://twitter.com/BrianWilsonLive/status/933159528547352577

https://twitter.com/HarryConnickJR/status/933161720041869313

https://twitter.com/alexavega/status/933160575051296769

https://twitter.com/kingsthings/status/933164084165427201

https://twitter.com/MarleeMatlin/status/933157416803246080

Please pray for Cassidy's family as they deal with his loss.