Former teen idol David Cassidy of Partridge Family fame passed away in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital this week from organ failure. The entertainer––who retired from live performing earlier this year after revealing his struggles with non-Alzheimer's dementia––was married several times and leaves behind two children.
Cassidy had already been married twice––to actress Kay Lenz and horse breeder Meryl Tanz––by the time he embarked on a relationship with former fashion model Sherry Williams Benedon, with whom he had his daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, who has garnered fans of her own thanks to her role as Laurel Lance/Black Canary on the CBS television series Arrow. Cassidy reprised her role in The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and in the animated web series Vixen.
David Cassidy, one of the most popular teen idols of the 1970s known for his role as Keith Partridge on the musical sitcom The Partridge Family passed away after being hospitalized while suffering from liver and kidney failure. Doctors had recently placed Cassidy in a medically-induced coma. He was out of the coma within a couple of days and listed in critical but stable condition. The medical team had hoped to keep his condition stable until a liver became available for transplant.
"He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day," longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told CNN over the weekend, though at the time she did not acknowledge what caused Cassidy's organ failure.