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A Look Back At David Cassidy’s Life As A Pop-Culture Icon

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December 09, 2017

David Cassidy was a very popular actor and musician. In the 1970s, David played Keith Partridge in the sitcom, “The Partridge Family.” His stepmother, Shirley Jones, portrayed Shirley Partridge, his mother on the show. Thanks to his fame on “The Partridge Family,” he became a popular-culture teen-idol, which definitely didn’t hurt his meteoric rise to fame! If you’re from that generation, you’ll recall the frenzy over David Cassidy, and you’ll certainly enjoy these five little-known facts about this teen phenomenon!

1. David Bruce Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950, in Manhattan, New York. David Cassidy is the son of actress Evelyn Ward and the singer/actor Jack Cassidy. Since his parents were often touring, he lived with his maternal grandparents for the first few years of his life. In 1956, he learned from a neighbor that his parents had been divorced for two years and they had never even told him.

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2. After graduating from high school in 1968, David moved into a rental home owned by Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones in Irvington, New York. He lived there with his half-brothers, Shaun, Patrick, and Ryan, while working the mailroom in a textile firm. He remained there, living with his half-brothers until his career began to flourish and he moved out.

3. During his life, David Cassidy was married three times. His first wife was actress Kay Lenz, and they were married from 1977 to 1983. His marriage to his second wife, Meryl Tanz, lasted from 1984 to 1985. His final marriage was to Sue Shifrin, and they were married from 1991 until 2016. He has two children, Beau and Katie Cassidy. His relationship with his daughter Katie was often on the rocks, but he remained close with Beau even after the divorce.

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4. Throughout his life, David Cassidy did his best to raise awareness about Dementia because his mother had suffered from the condition. He helped raise money in the hopes of finding a cure for the condition. Unfortunately, he revealed in February 2017 that he had also begun showing signs of dementia. He was forced to retire from performing soon after, when he began to have trouble remembering song lyrics during his shows.

5. On November 18, 2017, he was hospitalized with liver and kidney failure. He fell extremely ill and was placed in a medically-induced coma, and doctors kept him in it for two days. When they brought him out of the coma, he was stable, and they tried to keep him that way until a donor organ could be found. Sadly, he passed away three days later, in the hospital, with his daughter by his side.

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