David Cassidy: Looking Back during a Late Teen Heartthrob's Ups and Downs

By a time David Cassidy incited 21, he had made his initial million.

The actor had won hearts worldwide as a hunky, immature star of The Partridge Family in a 1970s. Despite unimaginable fame, a decades that followed were remarkable with misunderstanding for Cassidy, who died Tuesday from organ failure. He was 66.

Cassidy suggested exclusively to PEOPLE in Feb that he was battling dementia and stepping behind from furloughed as a musician to “enjoy life” and “love.”

At a rise of his early career, Cassidy played some 350 concerts in 17 countries while releasing 10 Partridge albums, 8 solo albums and 17 singles, PEOPLE reported in 1983. Cassidy would quarrel off assertive fans – things during one indicate got so out of control that he had to be smuggled into his possess concerts.

Cassidy in 1970

Cassidy in 1972

“I was a kid, not a man,” he told PEOPLE in 1983 of having to semi-retire, exhausted, during usually 24. A friend, Samuel Hyman, remarkable during a time, “If David hadn’t finished all those years of seven-day weeks—acting, touring, recording — he competence not have been driven to a edge. we consider he had to stop for his mental well-being.”

Cassidy was some-more than happy to leave Keith Partridge behind. He told PEOPLE in 1973, “There’s a lot some-more to me than a open has seen and I’m going to make certain they see it. Now I’m free. It’s as if a extensive weight has been carried off my shoulders. we feel I’ve finished on top.”

The Partridge Family

Cassidy disappeared, roving alone to revisit friends. While he was gone, his disloyal father Jack Cassidy died in 1976. Said Cassidy of a loss: “I only wish we could have talked to him before he left. we didn’t have a possibility to contend ‘I adore you.’ ”

The subsequent year, Cassidy marry singer Kay Lenz. The matrimony fell apart, however, with Cassidy revelation PEOPLE amid their subdivision in 1983 that “Kay had her possess life, and we had opposite needs.”

Cassidy and mother Kay Lenz

Soon, he was intent to equine breeder Meryl Tanz, who told PEOPLE that same year of her fiancé: “A lot of people in stone have died or been marred by drugs or whatever. He is sane, normal and clean-living.” They marry a subsequent year, though a matrimony was also short-lived.

By 1986, Cassidy was a first-time dad, welcoming daughter Katie Cassidy with on-again-off-again partner Sherry Williams. With another radio array underneath his belt (the ephemeral David Cassidy: Man Undercover), a Broadway army and a new studio album, Romance, Cassidy’s lapse to inflection was underway.

Cassidy with daughter Katie

Another marriage, to songwriting partner Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, would follow; as would a birth of son Beau in 1991. Soon Cassidy was sketch crowds again, this time as he costarred with hermit Shaun Cassidy in Broadway low-pitched Blood Brothers.

Cassidy with mother Sue Shifrin-Cassidy

Cassidy with mother Sue and son Beau

For Cassidy, a uncover and matrimony remarkable a re-emergence from “a integrate of unequivocally dark, dim years,” he told PEOPLE in 1993. He added, “I’ve done a extensive metamorphosis.”

After a decade remarkable by success with Las Vegas productions and a brief lapse to radio on a late 2000s with array Ruby a Rockits, Cassidy was again tormented with personal issues.

In 2010, Cassidy was arrested for a DUI in Florida. In Aug 2013 and January 2014, he was charged with a same offense.

After a 2014 incident, Cassidy’s publicist told Entertainment Tonight, “David only finished a army in rehab and was doing really good in sobriety. He was in Los Angeles to attend depositions by Sony Pictures Television, respondents in a lawsuit filed by Cassidy in 2011 over what he claims are monies prolonged due him from Partridge Family merchandise, home video, etc. After attending his and his manager’s depositions, it appears as if a vigour led to a brief relapse.”

“He was on his approach to a airfield to lapse to his home in Florida and to transitory rehabilitation. He skeleton now to lapse to rehab in an undisclosed facility,” a matter said.

The subsequent month, Shifrin-Cassidy filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage. By 2015, Cassidy had filed for bankruptcy and was charged with a strike and run in Oct of that year.

Cassidy in 2012

On. Feb. 20, 2017, Cassidy announced that he would retire after behaving a few, final concerts – finale a scarcely 50-year career. In a Facebook summary to his fans, Cassidy wrote on Feb. 7, “I will always be evermore beholden for a adore and support you’ve shown me.”

On Nov. 21, 2017, Cassidy died from organ failure in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 67.

“On interest of a whole Cassidy family, it is with good unhappiness that we announce a flitting of a father, a uncle, and a dear brother, David Cassidy,” his family pronounced in a matter to PEOPLE. “David died surrounded by those he loved, with fun in his heart and giveaway from a pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank we for a contentment and support we have shown him these many years.”

The actor had been in complete caring given he was hospitalized for liver and kidney failure the week before his death.

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