David Cassidy, 70s Teen Idol, Dies


Entertainer and 1970s teen idol David Cassidy has died.

The musician and actor, 67, who starred in TV’s “The Partridge Family” (1970-74), has died in Florida after being hospitalized with organ failure, according to a statement from his representative, Jo-Ann Geffen.

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy,” the statement 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. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

In February, Cassidy announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia. Just before sharing that news, he said he was retiring from touring.

He acknowledged that family history had haunted him because he watched his grandfather struggle with dementia and saw his mother “disappear” from it as well.

The decision to stop live performances was because “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he said at the time. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

There is something hauntingly ironic about a teenage heart-throb dying of organ failure at 67 shortly after revealing that was retiring due to the onset of dementia.  There is a well-known but rarely discussed  correlation between dementia and alcoholism. There’s also a high degree of correlation between alcoholism and organ failure. All things considered, Cassidy’s death ranks as a serio-comic tragedy at a time when some high-profile performers touring well into their seventies and early eighties.

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