by Elizabeth Chuck, NBCNews.com
David Cassidy, the teen idol who soared to fame as the embodiment of 1970s youth in his role on "The Partridge Family," has died. He was 67 years old.
“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,” Jo-Ann Geffen, president and CEO of JAG Entertainment said in a statement.
"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long."
The death came after a close family friend said on Nov. 18 that Cassidy had been hospitalized for organ failure and needed a liver transplant. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years," Geffen said in the statement on behalf of the family.
Cassidy played the wholesome Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," a sitcom about a widowed mother and five children who formed a bubblegum pop band. The popular show catapulted Cassidy to heartthrob status, and he toured the world to sing hits from it such as "I Think I Love You" before throngs of teen girls.
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But it was lonely at the top: By the time the baby-faced Cassidy reached his mid-twenties, his stardom had faded, and he was unsure how to cope.
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In the past decade, Cassidy has spoken out about his struggles with alcohol and drunk driving arrests and other personal problems, including divorce and bankruptcy.
Earlier this year, after fans expressed concern following a concert in California during which he reportedly struggled to remember the lyrics of songs he had been performing for 50 years, Cassidy said he had dementia — an illness both his grandfather and mothered had battled.
"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he told People magazine.
Tributes began pouring in from those mourning Cassidy’s death.
Brian Wilson, who co-founded the Beach Boys, recalled on Twitter: "There were times in the mid-1970s when he would come over to my house and we even started writing a song together. He was a very talented and nice person. Love & Mercy to David and his family."
The Cure founding member Lol Tolhurst said: "Farewell David Cassidy, For some of us that travel the broad highway it's just like that sometimes. May you rest In peace Brother."
Musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. also expressed his condolences, writing "R.I.P. friend."