Cassidy's longtime publicist, JoAnn Geffen, said in a statement Tuesday night, "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".
Cassidy leaves behind his daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, 30, and his son, Beau Cassidy, 26.
David Cassidy could sell the heck out of uncertainty.
Cassidy forgot the words to some of his own songs and yelled at a fan to turn off a light that he claimed was blinding him.
"Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years", the family said in an statement to People.
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In 1970 Cassidy landed the role of a lifetime when he was cast as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, opposite his real life stepmother Shirley Jones, who played his character's mother Shirley Partridge. "Leaving: six and a half million long-playing albums and singles; 44 television programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; not to mention several millions of teen magazines, wall stickers, love beads, posters and photo albums".
It was a few years before Cassidy acted again, with a guest spot on Police Story, which lead to an Emmy nomination.
Even while "The Partridge Family" was still in primetime, Cassidy anxious he was being mistaken for the wholesome character he played.
The magnitude and speed of Cassidy's fame was noted by Rolling Stone in a 1972 article. "But a part of me always knew this was coming", he said.
He went on to enjoy a hugely successful pop career and scored two United Kingdom number ones with How Can I Be Sure and Daydreamer.
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Cassidy would endure personal and financial troubles. According to People, Cassidy was open about his struggles with alcohol abuse in 2008.
Cassidy himself was estranged from his father.
David Cassidy performs his final touring concert in New York City on March 4, 2017. Cassidy, who only learned during tryouts that Jones would play his mother, anxious that Keith Partridge would be a "real comedown" from his previous roles. It's a Plane... It's Superman..., his mother Evelyn Ward also enjoyed success as a musical theatre actor, succeeding Gwen Verdon in the Tony-winning Broadway musical New Girl in Town.
"I mean, how much could an actor do with a line like, 'Hi, Mom, I'm home from school, ' or 'Please pass the milk?'" he wrote in his memoir.
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