It wasn't hard for Cassidy to get into character on The Partridge Family. Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the show, captured the spirit of 1970s youth. The thrice-married star continued touring until announcing his retirement in February, at which time he revealed he was suffering from non-Alzheimer's dementia.
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Before the health announcement, Cassidy had largely kept a low profile, making headlines in recent years mostly with DUI cases. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years". With Cassidy as its lead singer, the fake band scored a real hit with their debut bubblegum confection "I Think I Love You", which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1970. In 1972 Cassidy also released his cover of "Cherish", the 1966 hit by The Association, from his debut album of the same name on Bell Records. While his star faded in the USA, he was still a huge name in Great Britain, Germany and Japan.But in an interview for a British documentary about his stardom, Cassidy admitted he never wanted the adoration and lamented that people weren't aware that he was an actual musician, not just a pop sensation.
With entertainment in Cassidy's blood, it wasn't long before Hollywood beckoned and in 1969 he moved to Los Angeles. "When I went all over the world, they called it World War Three". NBC based the series "David Cassidy - Man Undercover" on the segment, but it lasted just one season.
Cassidy replaced Allen Fawcett as the star of the Tony-nominated, Gail Berman-produced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway in 1982, and he also appeared on stage in London's West End. His relationship with his father, who he likened to a "boot camp sergeant" was less harmonious, Cassidy told The Guardian in 2012. He has also been open about his struggles with alcohol and drug addition.
Cassidy leaves behind two children: Arrow star Katie Cassidy (pictured right), and a son, Beau.