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NME Festival blog: David Cassidy has died, aged 67

The actor and singer – who became a teen pop idol in the 1970s – had been admitted to hospital last week

David Cassidy has died, aged 67.

Cassidy, who found fame in the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family in his role as Keith Partridge, was admitted to hospital last week after suffering multiple organ failure.

His family confirmed his death last night (November 21), writing in a statement: “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.” His nephew, Jack, paid tribute to his uncle in the below tweet.

Earlier this year, Cassidy revealed that he was battling dementia – which forced him to stop touring.

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” Cassidy said in February. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

The Partridge Family's David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

The Partridge Family’s David Cassidy

Cassidy rose to fame in his role in The Partridge Family, which aired from 1970 to 1974. The sitcom – which saw Cassidy play Keith Partridge, a member of a family who formed a rock and roll band – also launched his subsequent pop career, which saw the release of a number of hit albums and singles.

His third album, ‘Dreams Are Nuthin’ More Than Wishes’, hit number one in the UK in 1973, and he would go on to sell over 30 million records worldwide.

In recent years, Cassidy has also hit the headlines after being arrested for driving under the influence on three separate occasions, forcing him to enter rehab as part of his sentence in 2014. Cassidy also filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

Tributes have poured in for Cassidy following the news of his passing, with Brian Wilson praising Cassidy as “a very talented and nice person.” See a selection of tributes below.


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