OT - David Cassidy dead at 67

Submitted by MGoGrendel on November 21st, 2017 at 9:20 PM

David Cassidy died as a result of complications from dementia.  Same thing that Malcolm Young died of just recently.

He was 67, not much older than me.  We all had long hair back then, back when we had hair.




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November 21st, 2017 at 9:40 PM ^

were madly in love with David Cassidy, just as I was infatuated with Susan Dey. Needless to say, we were always in rare agreement as to TV viewing when "The Partridge Family" came on the air, so yeah, I watched that show.

RIP to another piece of my childhood.


November 21st, 2017 at 9:49 PM ^

Quite the star from a very different era. Battling for biggest teen idol on the pages of Tiger Beat magazine with Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond. 

Dementia,Alzheimer's, CTE are just horrific. I have had to care for relatives with dementia and wouldn't wish that on anyone. Hopefully research in these areas will uncover treatments soon.


November 21st, 2017 at 10:04 PM ^

It's like your mind dies years before your body does. Miserable. My paternal grandparents both had Alzheimer's. What's amazing is the recall for old memories for my grandfather; he could remember just about ANYTHING from 8-10 years or older, but anything within 2 years just never stuck. He died from a broken pelvis and pneumonia before he got really bad. My grandmother went through the entire progression of the disease over the course of about 3 years; from memory loss, all the way until her only physical motility was instinctual suckling like a newborn. Really hard to watch.

Hail Harbo

November 21st, 2017 at 10:52 PM ^

My father used to relive his childhood with me being his best buddy.  It was great to hear about and relive his boyhood exploits but sad all the same because that's all he had left.  I was out of the country when he passed, but from what my siblings and his wife said, his last weeks were horrific for everyone, but especially him.  That will not happen to me, of this I vow.


November 22nd, 2017 at 10:07 AM ^

My wife and I bought our first house in 2007 after I graduated from college.  There was this older man who would walk his retriever every morning.  One day we didn't see him anymore.  We eventually got word that he took his own life after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. 

I wouldn't say that I could be an advocate for that decision, but I sure as hell respect and understand it.


November 22nd, 2017 at 12:56 AM ^

I read somewhere he was so popular doing the Partridge Family that he literally couldn't go anywhere and quite the show to try and get his life back.


November 22nd, 2017 at 9:02 AM ^

Shirley Jones is David Cassidy's step mom and was a huge broadway and film star prior to the show. The show was supposed to star The Cowsills but the producers didn't want the mom and wanted Jones to replace her. The Cowsill kids said no mom, no kids, so they hired actors. After turning down the role of Carol Brady (Bunch) Jones decided to take the Partridge role to be with her kids more despite being warned that she will always be known as "Mrs. Partridge" She had no idea David was auditioning for the role and developed a strong bond with him on the set. Obviously the younger kids on the show didn't sing or play instruments. David's voice is used in all the songs as is his guitar, Shirley's singing was more background, which is ironic since she has an amazing voice.



November 22nd, 2017 at 1:04 AM ^

Switching weeks between watching the Partridge Family or the Brady Bunch on Friday Evenings. The Partridge Family was on NBC and the Brady Bunch was on ABC. I think Danny is the only one still alive. The girl OD years ago and the Mother died a few years ago.


November 22nd, 2017 at 7:37 AM ^

You must have had some really weird network programming.

The killer Friday night lineup - all on ABC - was The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and Love American Style.

It was heaven for a Middle School kid in the early '70s.

Love Amercian Style especially, had some pretty racy themes for back at that time.