Dave Madden, best known as the sad-sack band manager in the 1970s TV show "The Partridge Family," died today at the age of 82, Yahoo has confirmed. The actor's former agent told TMZ that Madden died of "congestive heart and kidney failure" in Florida.
Madden played the character of Reuben Kincaid on the show about a family of musicians, who travel around in an old school bus to perform.
He often was vexed by the antics of the Partridge kids, led by David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce.
"I'm saddened by the loss of such a sweet man," Cassidy told Yahoo in a statement from his rep. "He was supportive and kind on the set and off and he will be missed by many."
Bonaduce told Yahoo via phone that Madden "was as close to me as any member of my family. I don't think I'll be able to get into the Magic Castle now without him. If he had a choice, he would probably want to be remembered as a really good magician… that was his thing."
He also tweeted:
Dave Madden was a great guy & like family to me. He taught me to drive a car when I was 10. One of many great memories. I'll truly miss him.— Danny Bonaduce (@TheDoochMan) January 16, 2014
Shirley Jones, who played the widowed mother/bandleader on "The Partridge Family," added, "Dave was a great person and was one of the reasons 'The Partridge Family' worked so well. He will certainly be missed."
Aside from the iconic role, Madden also appeared in many TV shows, including "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," and in the series "Alice."
Madden reprised his role in a great sketch on "The Ben Stiller Show" in 1992:
Canadian-born but raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, Madden joined the United States Air Force before he became an actor. He served overseas in Libya, where he put his entertainment skills to use at camp shows, according to IMDb.
Fans, still reeling from the news of the death of Russell Johnson, known for his role as the Professor on the '70s sitcom "Gilligan’s Island," were dismayed to learn of Madden’s passing.
So basically my childhood is dying today http://t.co/DeUvYXjMJg http://t.co/QEEHFb40J2 — Andy Levy (@andylevy) January 16, 2014
Another celebrity death today: Dave Madden, who played Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family, died of heart failure today at age 82. — Ken Carr (@kencarr) January 16, 2014
Two pop icons of the 60's/70's have both gone into Heavenly reruns forever today... RIP Dave Madden...who we... http://t.co/1sj9Irq7rD— Austin Rhodes (@GetAustinRhodes) January 16, 2014
Crappy day to be a '60s-'70s sitcom star, with Dave Madden of "The Partridge Family" also passing away. RIP. Who will be No. 3?— Jonathon Jackson (@jonathonj1970) January 16, 2014
Watch a clip from "The Partridge Familiy" featuring Madden:
Additional reporting by Jeremy Blacklow.