Seventies idol and Vegas casino star David Cassidy dies

  • The former Partridge Family star passed away on Tuesday at the age of 67
  • Cassidy was a regular performer in Vegas from the mid-1990s onwards

Former teen idol David Cassidy, who was a regular on the Las Vegas casino circuit, starring in shows EFX and At The Copa, died on Tuesday at the age of 67.

The cause of death has been officially confirmed as complications associated with dementia, following the singer’s admission to hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with liver and kidney failure.

His publicist JoAnn Geffen issued a statement announcing his passing.

“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. 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.”

Pioneer

Cassidy rose to fame when he starred in The Partridge Family, the story of a fictional musical between 1970 and 1974. He earned a number one hit with ‘I Think I Love You’ in November 1970 and went on to have a number of chart successes as a solo artist.

His association with Las Vegas began in 1996, when he took over from Michael Crawford as the lead in the MGM Grand show, EFX. He later wrote and sang in At The Copa, a musical that also starred Sheena Easton, and ran for twelve months at Rio, and also co-created and co-produced The Rat Pack Is Back, at the Desert Inn and Sahara between 1999 and 2002.

The Las Vegas bandleader Lon Bronson, who worked with Cassidy as his music director for nine years said that the singer was a pioneer of the Las Vegas casino circuit. He said: “David had the town by the tail in the late-1990s and early 2000s. He was a pioneer of the long-term star residency in Las Vegas, those 44-week residencies.”

Cassidy struggled with alcoholism and had picked up a number of drunk-driving charges. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015, citing declining royalties, bad investments and health problems.

Earlier this year, he spoke about his dementia diagnosis on the Dr Phil television show, revealing that both his mother and his grandfather had suffered from the disease.

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