July 7, 2022

David Cassidy’s brother says it was ‘terribly difficult’ watching ‘Partridge Family’ star fight alcoholism

David Cassidy’s half-brother Shaun Cassidy talks about his relationship with the late “Partridge Family” star.

The former teenage idol died in 2017 at the age of 67 of organ failure after struggling with alcoholism for several years. He was the only son of Broadway actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. The Patriarch remarried actress Shirley Jones and they shared three sons: Shaun, Patrick and Ryan.

Cassidy’s younger brother admitted that it was “terribly difficult” to see the “I Think I Love You” performer battling alcoholism.

“I’ve seen it in all families,” the 63-year-old Sixth Page said in a recent interview.

THE LAST MONTHS OF DAVID CASSIDY: FORMER TEEN IDOL WAS TERRIFIED OF SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA, HASTED BY HIS FATHER’S DEATH

Shaun Cassidy, left, and David Cassidy during happier times.
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“He had a very different experience from mine with our father,” noted the performer-turned-writer. “He had a different mother; he had a different career experience. I loved and adored him and he was such a funny guy as you’ll never meet him. We did a Broadway show called ‘Blood Brothers’ together for a year and it was great working with him and very cathartic because we both felt connected to our dad. “

The father of eight told the outlet his family had helped him avoid stardom from a young age.

“By the time I was successful at 18, three other people in my family had already been extremely successful,” he explained. “My dad was a morning Broadway idol, my mom was an Oscar winner at 24, and David was a really big pop star. I kind of witnessed it all, so by the time it happened to me, no part of my identity was invested in it in a lasting or successful way. “

“The Partridge Family,” which starred Cassidy and her mother-in-law, aired from 1970 to 1974. Cassidy’s appeal wore off after the show ended, although he continued to film. , record and perform for the next 40 years. He has also made occasional appearances on stage and on television, including an Emmy-nominated performance on “Police Story.”

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David Cassidy was the teen idol of the 70s.
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Cassidy would endure personal and financial problems. He was married and divorced three times, faced addiction, was arrested for drunk driving and in 2015 filed for bankruptcy. Cassidy had two children, musician Beau Cassidy and actress Katie Cassidy, with whom he admitted to having a distant relationship.

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The former teenage idol called the producers of an A&E documentary after he fell ill and told them he had liver disease.

The former teenage idol called the producers of an A&E documentary after he fell ill and told them he had liver disease.
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In 2018, an A&E documentary called “David Cassidy: The Last Session” quoted the singer as saying that he was still drinking in the last years of his life. Cassidy told growers he had fallen ill and learned he had liver disease. According to him, there were no signs of dementia and it was a “complete alcohol poisoning.” Cassidy admitted to lying when she told her friends and family that she had stopped drinking.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.