It shouldn’t have come as a great shock to us that David Cassidy passed away at what seems like a relatively young age; after all, he was an admitted alcoholic. He admitted to it a decade ago, meaning he was most likely living with it much longer than that.
Yet it’s still somewhat of a shock, especially to those of us who grew up with him as a teen idol. He’s not that much older than us, and he’s just another in a long line of celebrities we lost recently before their time, such as Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Tom Petty. The list goes on.
Us former fangirls aren’t the only ones mourning his death, though. So are many other celebrities on social media.
“When I was a little boy, and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing pillow fight. During the battle, he would regale me with hysterical stories of our father, often culminating in his taking a giant leap off my top bunk. I tried to catch him of course. I always tried to catch him. But I never could. Now, I will carry him, along with all of the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, none more filled with love than these last few at his side.” – Half-brother and fellow former teen idol Shaun Cassidy
“My uncle David Cassidy has sadly passed away tonight … & in the process of mourning I can’t help but thank God for the joy that he brought to countless millions of people! I don’t think I’m alone in saying that we will all miss him. God Speed!” – Nephew Jack Cassidy, a former Voice contestant
“I’m very sad to hear about David Cassidy. 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.” – Brian Wilson
“So sorry to hear about David Cassidy’s passing. Godspeed.” – Rick Springfield
“Sad to learn David Cassidy has died. Like his father Jack, he had great talent and a complicated life. Condolences to his wonderful family.” – Larry King
“I grew up in an era before even cable TV, when The Partridge Family was already in reruns. David Cassidy’s Keith was one of my favorite TV characters. He was legit funny AND he could sing. The man entertained me during my childhood and even years later.” – Kevin Smith
“#DavidCassidy. You were so sweet to me, and you left us too soon. To me and millions of us, you were forever young. RIP.” – Marlee Matlin
“So sad to hear of the passing of david cassidy … he was always so kind to me – such a pleasure to have had him on my show … sending love and prayers ot his family … R.I.P. friend [heart emoji” – Harry Connick Jr.
“So very sad to hear of David Cassidy passing away [broken heart emoji] He was always so kind and sweet to me. our shows were both on Friday nights, and deep down I dreamt of being a Partridge. His memory and love will live on in my [heart emoji] forever. Love you David. Prayers to his family [praying emoji]” – Maureen McCormick
“Very hard to #GetHappy right now … My condolences to his family, loved ones & the millions who idolized him around the world. #RIPDavidCassidy” – Mark Hamill
“Heartbroken over the passing of #DavidCassidy. He graced the covers of teen magazines with my Brothers in the 70s. My condolences to his Family. [praying and kiss emoji] #RIP #PartridgeFamily #DavidsHitSong #70sIcon #IWokeUpInLoveThisMorning” – Marie Osmond
“Too young … way too young. RIP #DavidCassidy you made so many of us happy for so many years.” – Belinda Carlisle
“#DavidCassidy and The Partridge Family were my childhood. He made a huge impact on my cultural universe. Sending love and respect to his family.” – Ben Stiller
“RIP #DavidCassidy my preteen heart is [broken heart emoji]” – Lori Loughlin
“No! Too young. Oh man. So sad [sad emoji]. Mind flooding with childhood memories. Had such a huge crush on #DavidCassidy – Watched every episode of #ThePartridgeFamily. My condolences to his family, friends & fellow fans.” – Rosie Perez
“One of my first TV crushes … #DavidCassidy has passed away. It’s terribly sad. My love goes out to his family … especially his brother Ryan, my friend. Love you.” – Carnie Wilson
” ‘RIP David Cassidy’ Who my age did not want to look like, sound like, just be him when they were young? I was lucky to get to know the sweet & very funny real David as an adult & I still wanted to be him.” – Tom Arnold
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