Teen idol David Cassidy, star of 'Partridge Family,' dead at 67
Idol of the '70s David Cassidy has died following complications from dementia, his publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed in a statement Tuesday.
The "Partridge Family" star was 67.
"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," the statement read. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."
He was placed in a medically induced coma and admitted to the medical facility. TMZ reported the star was suffering from kidney failure and in need of a liver transplant.
On Sunday, the "I Think I Love You" hitmaker’s representative revealed he had been admitted to the intensive care unit: "He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day," Geffen said.
Cassidy’s health had been in decline for months and earlier this year, he revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia.
Speaking to People magazine in February, Cassidy revealed the disease ran in his family and he watched his mother "disappear" before his eyes as the tragic condition took hold.
Cassidy also decided to stop touring so he could focus on his health and wellbeing after the dementia diagnosis.
"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," he said. "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."
In the last years of his life, Cassidy’s personal struggles made headlines -- he publicly battled alcohol addiction and was arrested multiple times from 2010 to 2015 for driving while intoxicated.
In 2014, he and his third wife Sue Shifrin divorced and the following year he filed for bankruptcy.
Born in April 1950, his stepmother was actress Shirley Jones, who went on to play his TV mom in "The Partridge Family."
According to Variety, Cassidy is survived by half-brothers Shaun Cassidy, actors Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.