Rochester-based artist manager and journalist remembers David Cassidy

Rochester-based artist manager and journalist remembers David Cassidy

Rochester-based artist manager and journalist remembers David Cassidy

David Cassidy, the shaggy-haired star of The Partridge Family whose teen heartthrob appeal made him one of the most enduring male icons of the '70s, passed away Tuesday at a Florida hospital following organ failure and a battle with dementia.

After "The Partridge Family" ended in 1974, Cassidy devoted himself to recording and songwriting, but struggled to match the success of his early-20s, with none of his subsequent albums making a dent in the charts.

"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 Cassidy family said via a statement released upon his death. He announced earlier this year that he was diagnosed with dementia.

Cassidy was rushed to a Florida hospital last week, with his publicist saying at the weekend that he was suffering organ failure. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years". "I used to think, "Well, I guess I'm going to have to do something more significant in my life, like David 'convicted felon" Cassidy or something, ' anything that would erase that convenient label".

Bruce Pilato, who worked with Cassidy on a 1990 TV segment for People Magazine, said he confided in him that he was frustrated because he wasn't seen as a serious musician.

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David Cassidy, pictured in 2009, rocketed to stardom as Keith Partridge on the ABC series "The Partridge Family".

Tributes also poured in on social media from fans and fellow celebrities. I still love very much to play and perform live.

Less than two months into the show's first season, Cassidy scored a major win with his cover of Tony Romeo's "I Think I Love You", which became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. "There were times in the mid 1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together", he tweeted. He was a very talented and nice person.

David Cassidy smiles for photographers outside the Phoenix theatre in London October 23, 1995. "Leaving: six and a half million long-playing albums and singles; 44 television programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; not to mention several millions of teen magazines, wall stickers, love beads, posters and photo albums". "R.I.P. friend".

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