“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,” said the statement. “David died 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.”
David was admitted to intensive care one week before his death as his liver and kidney began to fail. He was quickly put into a coma, and though his family feared he would never come out, he did wake up last Saturday.
In February 2017, David revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia — the same disease that both his mother and grandfather had battled. He also talked openly about abusing alcohol, which likely contributed to his kidney and liver ailments. In 2014, he was still struggling with sobriety and checked himself into rehab. Though his addictions have caused strain in his family, they were all present for him during his final days.
David rose to fame for playing Keith on The Partridge Family in the 1970s. Though many teen stars grow to resent the show that made them, David never did. “It was fascinating how quickly it evolved, just by fate,” he told NJ.com in 2011. “It was obviously God’s intent. I feel very, very fortunate to have had all of the stars align to do that. Because I was able to not only become very successful but to touch people’s lives and bring light into their lives.”
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.