The TV star and musician was most popular as the oldest brother of the singing Partridge Family on ABC. He went on to have several hit songs and appear on other TV shows such as “Ruby and the Rockits.”
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson wished him “love and mercy,” echoing Wilson’s 1988 song.
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.
Director Kevin Smith said Cassidy’s “Partridge Family” show character was one of his favorites.
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: https://t.co/678DU7qTxh
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 22, 2017
Harry Connick Jr. remembered having him as a guest on his show.
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 to his family… R.I.P. friend pic.twitter.com/tsFkNiJzFc
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) November 22, 2017
Another teen favorite, Rick Springfield, tweeted, “Godspeed.”
So sorry to hear about David Cassidy's passing. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/JpKs2VNvZw
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) November 22, 2017
Alexa PenaVega, who appeared with him in TV show “Ruby and the Rockits,” remembered him as an “amazing TV daddy.”
My heart is hurting. You were an amazing tv daddy! Proud and honored to have worked with one of the best. Love and Prayers #DavidCassidy
— Alexa PenaVega (@alexavega) November 22, 2017
1980’s rocker Richard Marx said he was “incredibly warm and gracious.”
So sad to hear about #DavidCassidy Met him at a gig about 10 years ago and he was incredibly warm and gracious. RIP
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) November 22, 2017
Marlee Matlin said, “You were so sweet to me.”
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) November 22, 2017
Actor Tom Arnold said he was lucky to get to know the sweet and very funny real David as an adult.
"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 (@TomArnold) November 22, 2017
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