David Cassidy, the '70s heartthrob best known for his role as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, died on Tuesday, Nov. 21, his publicist confirmed to CNN. The 67-year-old singer and actor had been admitted to intensive care for organ failure in the days prior; the star also shared earlier this year that he was suffering from dementia. Cassidy's publicist, Jo-Anne Geffen, issued a statement on Tuesday that said: "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."
Though Cassidy said in February that he "was in denial" of his own memory-loss condition, he decided to stop touring when he came to terms with the illness. At the time, he vowed to: "focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Upon hearing the news of his passing, several of Cassidy's admirers took to social media to express condolences, including Andy Cohen, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills pal Lisa Rinna, musician Brian Wilson, and actor Marlee Matlin.
Cassidy had a long and prolific career, which included several TV roles. After The Partridge Family wrapped in 1974, the actor went on to earn an Emmy nomination for his role in Police Story in 1978. He also appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011 and on CSI in 2013.
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