Print Edition - 2017-11-23  |  Life & Style

Actor Cassidy no more

- Reuters, Los Angeles

Nov 23, 2017-David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the The Partridge Family television show, died aged 67, his publicist said.

Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over the weekend and succumbed to organ failure. He died in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

With dark hair cascading over his shoulders, hazel eyes and a look that emulated many rock stars of the day, Cassidy was cast at 19 in The Partridge Family for his sex appeal to girls, not his singing. When the show’s producers discovered Cassidy’s melodious voice, he became lead singer in the family band.

He played the teenager Keith Partridge whose widowed mother—portrayed by his stepmother, Shirley Jones—formed a touring pop band with her offspring, travelling to gigs in a multi-coloured bus.

The sitcom produced a number of hit songs, including I Think I Love You, which reached No 1 on the Billboard chart in 1970, the year the show debuted. The Oscar-winning Jones was his mentor as well as his co-star, and the two remained friends and collaborators long after the show ended in 1974.

On his own, as a performer who played guitar and piano in addition to singing, Cassidy sold millions of copies of his debut album, Cherish, in 1972. He drew large crowds of mostly teen and pre-teen girls at concerts around the world.

The fandom surrounding Cassidy approached the hysteria of Beatlemania a decade earlier and culminated in a stampede at a 1974 show in London. Hundreds were injured, and a 14-year-old girl caught in the crush died days later.

Published: 23-11-2017 08:21

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