Shaun Cassidy remembers brother David in touching tribute

Shaun Cassidy remembers brother David in touching tribute

United States singer and actor David Cassidy, a teen pop idol in the 1970s, has died aged 67.

Cassidy's publicist, JoAnn Geffen, confirmed his death, per Variety, with a statement from his family: "On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy".

TMZ cited family sources as saying the singer had been on life support since Monday and his loved ones chose to remove him from it Tuesday.

He is survived by half-brothers Shaun Cassidy, actors Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.

Cassidy entered a hospital over the weekend for treatment of liver failure. In 2015, he filed for bankruptcy after Sue Cassidy, his wife of 23 years, filed for divorce.

He said: "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming".

While he was best known for his music, Cassidy had a number of television stints after his break Partridge Family break, and was even nominated for an Emmy in 1978.

Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, David Cassidy, Suzanne Crough, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Shirley Jones from the episode "Gallery" from the TV sitcom, "The Partridge Family", July 28, 1970.

Cassidy was the family band's lead singer and guitarist. He had revealed earlier this year that he was suffering from dementia.

Even while The Partridge Family was still in primetime, Cassidy anxious that he was mistaken for the wholesome character he played.

"I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions", Cassidy told People magazine at the time.

Kicked out of high school for truancy, Cassidy dreamed of becoming an actor and had made appearances on Bonanza, Ironside and other programs before producers at ABC asked him to audition for The Partridge Family, unaware that he could sing and intending at first to have him mime songs to someone else's voice.

"Oh, they're cute. They get flustered and I get flustered, and it's all kind of fun", Cassidy said of his devotees in 1972, when he was 21. Cassidy, who only learned during tryouts that Jones would play his mother, anxious that Keith Partridge would be a "real comedown" from his previous roles.