After a stint in critical condition, actor/singer/songwriter David Cassidy succumbed to complications from dementia in a Fort Lauderdale Hospital on Nov. 21.
Cassidy catapulted to fame in the 1970s as a wildly popular teen idol. He starred and sang in TV’s “The Partridge Family,” as Keith Partridge. At the peak of the show’s popularity, his fan club reportedly was bigger than those of Elvis Presley and The Beatles. As a singer, he toured with his hit songs, such as “I Think I Love You,” filling concert halls with screaming teenage girls the world over.
In recent years, Cassidy made waves by publicly acknowledging his struggles with alcoholism. He was arrested for driving under the influence on three separate occasions during a four-year span between 2010 and 2014. In an interview with CNN he expressed that his struggle with addiction was “very humbling and [was] also humiliating.” He had been in recovery since seeking treatment in 2015.
In early 2017 Cassidy again used his platform to openly discuss his recent battle with dementia. Citing a family history with the illness that causes memory loss, he had stopped touring to focus on his family and enjoy the time he had left. His mother suffered from the illness which led to Cassidy’s involvement in Alzheimer-related charities and elevating discussion about the illness by publicly sharing his own experiences. He is survived by his two children.
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