David Cassidy, the former teen heartthrob best known for his role on the 1970s musical series\u00a0The Partridge Family, died on Tuesday (Nov. 21) at age 67 following a recent hospitalization for multiple organ failure. The actor and singer rose to fame on the light family drama that also made stars out of Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey, then parlayed his popularity into a career as a teen idol and successful, if short-lived, recording artist.\u00a0The Hollywood Reporter\u00a0confirmed his passing, but his cause of death has not yet been revealed. "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," his rep, JoAnn Geffen, said in a statement given to\u00a0The Hollywood Reporter. "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years." Bruce David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950, in New York City into a show business family of father Broadway singer and actor\u00a0Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. After his parent's divorce, Cassidy's father married actress Shirley Jones, who would go on to play his mother on\u00a0The Partridge Family.\u00a0Following his parent's footsteps, a young Cassidy made his\u00a0debut in 1969 in the short-lived\u00a0Broadway musical\u00a0The Fig Leaves Are Falling, which was seen by a casting agent who helped the budding star land roles on a number of popular TV series, including\u00a0Ironside,\u00a0Adam-12\u00a0and\u00a0Bonanza. But it was his iconic role as Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge (stepmother Jones) that rocketed Cassidy to stardom when the show hit screens in 1970. The show centered\u00a0around a singing family act\u00a0from California\u00a0-- based on cult family band\u00a0The\u00a0Cowsills\u00a0--\u00a0who, with the aid of their irascible manager, Reuben Kincaid, score a top 40 hit and then go on the road in their signature colorful school bus to play shows and engage in various wacky adventures. With Cassidy as its lead singer, the fake band scored a real hit with their debut bubblegum confection "I Think I Love You," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard\u00a0Hot 100\u00a0in November 1970. Like many teen idols who eventually grow weary of the screaming and crushing adulation of their breathless fans (aka "Cassidymania"), Cassidy grew tired of his\u00a0Tiger Beat\u00a0fame and began to rebel against his Partridge family character's squeaky clean image, which appeared on hundreds of licensed items, from lunch boxes\u00a0and posters to cereal boxes comic books and toys.\u00a0His break from that fresh-scrubbed image began with a nearly-nude Annie Leibowitz-shot\u00a0Rolling Stone\u00a0cover in 1972 in which the writer notes that the singer is being shuttled around his hometown high and drunk. To put it in perspective, according to his official bio, during his run on the show, membership in Cassidy's official fan\u00a0club exceeded that of\u00a0Elvis Presley\u00a0and\u00a0The Beatles.\u00a0In 1972, Cassidy also released his cover\u00a0of "Cherish," the 1966 hit by\u00a0The Association, from his debut album of the same name on Bell Records. The singer went on to release 10\u00a0Partridge\u00a0albums and five solo efforts while touring to sold-out crowds through the mid-1970s. Feeling besieged\u00a0by the attention of his female admirers, Cassidy quit the show -- which ended its run in 1974 after 96 episodes -- and focused on recording a string of well-received albums for RCA Records, including\u00a01975's\u00a0The Higher They Climb\u00a0and 1976's\u00a0Home is Where the Heart Is,\u00a0landing a hit in 1975 with "I Write the Songs," a track that would go on to become\u00a0Barry\u00a0Manilow's signature track. By\u00a0the end of the decade, though,\u00a0his musical career waned along with his musical output, aside from a brief blip in 1985 when the\u00a0George Michael-assisted single "The Last Kiss" gave Cassidy a top 40 hit in Europe.\u00a0His final album was 1998's\u00a0Old Trick New Dog\u00a0on Slamajama Records, which featured a number of\u00a0Partridge\u00a0remakes. After hanging up on music, Cassidy starred in the short-lived 1978 police drama\u00a0David Cassidy: Man Undercover, which bombed, but was essentially the blueprint for the later hit show\u00a021 Jump Street. The singer turned to theater in the 1980s, touring with a variety of musical\u00a0productions and in the late 1990s and early 2000s\u00a0he joined the Las Vegas shows\u00a0EFX\u00a0and\u00a0At the Copa. The thrice-married star continued touring until announcing his retirement in February, at which time he revealed he was suffering from non-Alzheimer's dementia. Through ups and downs, including well-documented struggles with alcohol and a series of DUI arrests in the 2000s, Cassidy maintained the kind of sunny demeanor that had endeared him to a generation of fans.\u00a0\u201cI\u2019m an optimist. I mean, you have to be with my career,\u201d he said in his\u00a0official bio. \u201cI\u2019ve never gone out and changed my style to suit the times. I have always stayed true to myself by using the work ethic my father instilled in me, to strive for the best musically, theatrically, as well as in producing and writing. He taught me to be fearless about revealing the frailties and strengths of the human experience. Bringing that human element to my work is the most important thing I can do as an entertainer.\u201d This article originally appeared in Billboard.