David Cassidy’s Daughter Shares His Last Words

‘70s star regretted “so much wasted time”

David Cassidy’s daughter Katie has revealed that the ‘70s star’s last words as he lay dying were, “So much wasted time.” He passed away last week, aged 67, after a battle with dementia and lifestyle-related health issues.

In a tweet, she wrote, “Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time. My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time’. This will be a daily reminded for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute… thank you.”

David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974, was hospitalized a little more than a week ago after suffering major organ failure. He’d been reported to have been placed in a medically-induced coma before later regaining consciousness, but was in need of an urgent liver transplant. His passing on Nov. 21 triggered a series of tributes from across the rock world.

In February he revealed his dementia to People magazine, saying that the illness appeared regularly in his family. Speaking of his mother’s struggle with it, he said, “In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked in the room. I feared I would end up that way.”

He’d decided to end his touring career in order to focus on enjoying the time he had left. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am now and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he noted. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

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David Bruce Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musicalsitcom The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture‘s teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. He later had a career in both acting and music.

Cassidy was born at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City, the son of singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. His father was of half Irish and half German ancestry, and his mother was descended from Colonial Americans of Irish and Swiss origin. Some of his mother’s ancestors were among the founders of Newark, New Jersey.

As his parents were frequently touring on the road, he spent his early years being raised by his maternal grandparents in a middle-class neighborhood in West Orange, New Jersey.In 1956, he found out from neighbors’ children that his parents had been divorced for over two years and had not told him.David’s parents had decided because he was at such a young age, it would be better for his emotional stability to not discuss it at that time. They were gone often with theater productions and home life remained the same.

In 1956, Cassidy’s father married singer and actress Shirley Jones. They had three children: David’s half-brothers Shaun (b. 1958), Patrick (b. 1962), and Ryan (b. 1966). In 1968, after completing one final session of summer school to obtain credits necessary to get a high-school diploma, David moved into the rental home of Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones in Irvington, New York, where his half-brothers also resided. David remained there seeking fame as an actor/musician while simultaneously working half-days in the mailroom of a textile firm. He moved out when his career began to flourish.

On January 2, 1969, Cassidy made his professional debut in the Broadway musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling. It closed after four performances,but a casting director saw the show and asked Cassidy to make a screen test. In 1969, he moved to Los Angeles.

In 1970, Cassidy took the role of Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Cassidy’s real stepmother and series lead Shirley Jones. The Partridge Family series creator Bernard Slade and producers Paul Junger Witt and Bob Claver did not care whether Cassidy could sing, knowing only that his androgynous good looks would guarantee success.

Shortly after production began, though, Cassidy convinced music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough, and he was promoted to lead singer for the series’ recordings.

Once “I Think I Love You” became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums, as well. Within the first year, he had produced his own single, a cover of The Association’s “Cherish” (from the album of the same title), which reached number nine in the United States, number two in the United Kingdom (a double A-side with “Could It Be Forever”), and number one in Australia and New Zealand. He began tours that featured Partridge tunes and his own hits. Cassidy achieved far greater solo chart success in the UK than in his native America, including a cover of The Young Rascals’ “How Can I Be Sure” and the double A-side single “Daydreamer” / “The Puppy Song” — two UK number ones which failed to chart in the States. In Britain, Cassidy the solo star remains best known for “Daydreamer”, “How Can I Be Sure” and “Could It Be Forever” (UK no. 2/US no. 37), all released during his 1972–73 solo chart peak. Though he wanted to become a respected rock musician along the lines of Mick Jagger, his channel to stardom launched him into the ranks of teen idol, a brand he loathed until much later in life, when he managed to come to terms with his bubblegum pop beginnings

In 2008, Cassidy publicly admitted he had an alcohol problem.He was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida on November 3, 2010, and was arrested for DUI a second time in Schodack, New York, in the early hours of August 21, 2013. He was pulled over after failing to dim his headlights as he passed a police car going in the opposite direction. After performing poorly on a field sobriety test, Cassidy was subjected to an alcohol breath test, returning a blood alcohol level of 0.10%, which is above the New York legal limit of 0.08%. The arresting officer, named Tom Jones, reported that Cassidy was polite and courteous, and jokingly asked officer Jones “What’s New Pussycat?” in reference to the 1965 hit song by the singer Tom Jones. Cassidy was subsequently charged, taken to jail, and released several hours later on $2,500 bail. He faced felony charges because of his prior DUI in Florida in 2010. On May 12, 2015, Cassidy was sentenced, on the charge of driving while intoxicated from 2013 in New York, to community service, a fine, and other consequences, including a suspended license for six months.

Cassidy was arrested on suspicion of DUI in California on January 10, 2014, after he made an illegal right turn against a red light. He was held overnight in jail. In that case, he was ordered to go to inpatient rehabilitation and was put on probation for five years.

Cassidy was cited in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on charges of leaving the scene of a car accident, expired tags, improper lane change, and driving on a suspended license (his license was suspended for six months in May 2015 as part of his sentencing in the New York case) on September 9, 2015.

On February 20, 2017, Cassidy announced that he was living with dementia, the condition that his mother suffered from at the end of her life. He retired from performing in early 2017 when the condition became noticeable during a performance in which he forgot lyrics- wikipedia

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