What a life of alcoholism did to David Cassidy

UPDATE (Nov. 22, 2017):

David Cassidy died yesterday, November 21, 2017, at the age of 67, from organ failure. It was announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with dementia. (Source)
Below is the post that I wrote nearly four years ago, in January 2014, which has been revisited by readers because of Cassidy’s declining health and death.
I hope this post may convince alcoholics to get help and so avoid the sad and wretched end that befell Cassidy. May he rest in peace.


Remember David Cassidy who played Keith Partridge in the 1970s TV series The Partridge Family?
Born on April 12, 1950, Cassidy was blessed with boyish good looks. Although he was 20 years old when The Partridge Family began, he convincingly played a teenager on the show.
Here he is in 1978, still boyish looking at age 28:
David Cassidy in 1978
Below is David Cassidy’s mugshot, age 60, after he was arrested for DUI in Florida in Nov. 2010:
davidcassidy 1st DUI
Less than 3 years later, this is what Cassidy looked like, age 63, when he was arrested again for DUI in upstate New York in Aug. 2013:
davidcassidy2013
5 months later on Jan. 10, 2014, Cassidy was once again arrested for DUI in California — his third DUI.
This is what alcohol has done to David Cassidy (see before and after below). While age leaves its mark on all of us, the before and after pics seem to be of two entirely different men.
davidcassidy2013

UPDATE (Jan. 15):

In an exclusive interview with the National Enquirer, David Cassidy’s stepdad Marty Ingels, who is married to Cassidy’s stepmom Shirley Jones, said David “got off easy the last time around. On the second DUI, he got some fancy lawyer and it was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. This third DUI, believe it or not, actually changes the status of that second one. It brings it back up to a felony. So now he’s in real hot water! A lot of the family is praying that David goes to jail because they believe it’s the only way he can save his life. I think they feel David is too far down the road to addiction and alcoholism for rehab alone to help him anymore. Jail would be a godsend. David needs at least 120 days behind bars.”
Marty says Shirley, who helped raise David after marrying his father, Jack Cassidy, in 1956, is not surprised by her stepson’s struggles with the bottle. She had lived through this kind of alcoholic behavior with Jack Cassidy, who died on Dec. 12, 1976, after passing out and dropping a lit cigarette in his Los Angeles apartment. His body was burned beyond recognition.
See also my followup post “12 horrible health effects of alcoholism,” Jan. 15, 2014.
~Eowyn

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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor
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That’s very sad!

racefish
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racefish

No, it’s what David Cassidy has done to David Cassidy. There are a lot of alcoholics that refuse to let it control them. Evidently he chooses to take the easy path.

swampygirl7
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The difference in the two mug shots is incredible. Can just the drinking ravage his body to that degree in just 5 months? I wonder if there is something else going on in his body.

rjwanderer
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rjwanderer

Really. Let’s account for age in the “ravaged” photo and consider hollywood “make-up” in the “boyish-good-looks” photo.
I lost my boyish-good-looks years ago sans alcohol.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post. I agree that there might be a tendency towards alcoholism in individuals. However, I also maintain that this problem maintains a choice that involves the efficacy of one’s free will. This means, of course, that David Cassidy has the option to amend his life and help himself and others. Remember, that those around him most probably have been abused and hurt by his choice to remain attached to alcohol. Drugs and alcohol are merely another way that Satan tempts humankind to destroy themselves which is his goal. I think Dr. Eowyn has… Read more »

swampygirl7
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I used to have a serious drinking problem….not to the point of missing work or effecting anyone but myself (no family for me to hurt). But I drank to get wasted and did a lot of drunk driving. I am one of the lucky ones and I had my prayers answered and was finally delivered from this stronghold. Of course I prayed for years and years but then one day, the desire simply disappeared. I consider it a miraculous answer to prayer. I think if I had not been in sin in other areas, my healing would not have taken… Read more »

Miche
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Miche

I recently read where yeast overgrowth in a persons body can lead to drinking problems the same as it causes sugar addictions. Since sugar feeds the yeast cells, the more the yeast grows and needs more and more sugar to survive, which causes the person to crave sugar (carbohydrates).

surfercajun
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surfercajun

I love you guys as you all are in a class all by yourselves! 🙂

Joanne J
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Joanne J

Interesting, Miche… your comment about Candida and Alcohol and a possible link between the two. I have always felt that there is some medical reason for alcoholism. AA can say that alcoholism is a disease all they want … but until there is an actual link to something medical that is causing the problem and explains why one person has a problem and another does not … I think many people will look upon alcoholics in a judgmental way… which is a shame and does not help the person suffering with an alcohol problem. Although judging others might have a… Read more »

Sharon Goins-Eberhardt
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Sharon Goins-Eberhardt

I really enjoyed reading this post and I love all the things that everyone has said…I would just like to add my two cents: Yes Bill W was an agnostic. He and the Oxford group (amongst others) figured out that almost all people who are prone to addiction had a few things in common…one of them being their concept of God and a lack of power in their lives so they realized that calling God a Higher Power would allow a person to trade in their old views of God for some that were more palatable allowing them to become… Read more »

tom c
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tom c

39 yrs sober for the grace of god and AA. folks alcoholism plays with ones mind- a disease of denial. i knew david before he progressed big time. i was in touch a couple of months ago. folks trust me, i have no pity on him, but yet i love the guy. he s a terrific guy, n trust me,,its very very hard for world wide celebrities to get sober. why ? many many reasons. the older i get,the less i judge. so i ask you all ,don’t judge, don’t feel sorry but have compassion and hope 1 day he… Read more »

Toni goodhew
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I can see torment david cassidy went through
My stepdad was as bad
But david turned t drugs..as well
Deterierated his profile celebrity status
He ended up looking as his dad was the same as jack?
3 wifes .owing milliions..he turned out t have paraniod physoprenia… personality disorder
And hallucinations..with voices from dads temper
.. it could been so different… as child star
Was two much for him ..after keith partridge
And his singing carreer ?
He weed on ladies.. had sex… at 18.. did rude acromonius things…it was the drugs
He does look 70 ..now ?
He lost his looks.. not looking after hiself?
Went bankrupt?

Youghn
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The issue of addiction aside, Cassidy seemed to have everything going for him. I recall his years as a teen idol (even my older female cousins were wild over him) so he had opportunities available us ordinary guys could only dream. Shows us Hollywood is an illusion, it banks on youth and good looks until it uses those qualities up and does nothing to improve the inner man with its tainted philosophies and hedonistic goals. I can feel sympathy for the man. In spite of his success in his career he failed at life.

Maryaha
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This is very sad…I have very fond memories of David Cassidy. My older sister and I had pictures of him plastered on our bedroom walls. He was so handsome and talented. When the internet came along in the mid 90s, there was a big 70s revival going on. Radio stations were having “Seventies Saturday Night” every weekend, the clothes came back in style, and it was a lot of fun to see websites showing t.v. shows and commercials from that time period. David Cassidy was one of the first guys on my list of stars from that era to look… Read more »

Mrs Randeep Kaur
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God bless the soul of David Cassidy. He must have been so sad with his life leading to alcohol. Perhaps very unhappy and feeling unfulfilled with his marital partners and divorces. It took the toll on his life. May God guide his soul and give him the happiness he so deserved. This earth was not meant to be for a God gifted musical artist like David. He was si talented in his craft but so unhappy with his personal life on drinks. RIP Sweet Angel. Lived and loved your music in the 70s. Beautiful memories that will live on like… Read more »

js
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js

What does it mean ‘rest in peace?’ Should be more like a question “I wonder if he is in peace?”