‘Partridge Family’ Star David Cassidy’s Brother Says Actor’s Alcoholism Was ‘Terribly Hard’ to Watch

by Matthew Memrick

Shaun Cassidy, the half-brother of “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy, said the actor’s descent in his final years was “terribly hard” to watch.

Recently, Shaun Cassidy told Fox News that he’s seen the disease in “every family.”

Former teen idol family member David Cassidy died in 2017 at age 67. The coroner cited organ failure from years of alcoholism.

Family Hit Differently By Stardom, Alcoholism

Shaun Cassidy recently talked about how his family helped him avoid the dark side of fame.

The singer went on to have eight children through three marriages.

While his brother and parents had their share of success, Shaun Cassidy said he became accustomed to their lifestyle. David Cassidy was “a very big pop star by that time.”

“I kind of witnessed all of this, so by the time it happened to me, no part of my identity was invested in it, lasting or ever being successful,” Shaun Cassidy told Fox News.

Shaun Cassidy said he “loved and adored” his half-brother. The two did a Broadway show together called ‘Blood Brothers’ for a year. The 63-year-old said, “it was great working with him and very cathartic because we both felt connected to our dad.”

Shaun Cassidy acted in the 1980s and early 1990s but later became a show creator, writer, and producer. He’s worked on “American Gothic,” “Cold Case,” “The Agency,” and most recently, the 2017 “Emerald City.”

The man also wrote and executive produced Amazon Prime’s Hysteria and works as an executive producer for NBC’s “New Amsterdam.” 

Even with all that, he managed to work on a one-person side project show called “The Magic of a Midnight Sky” in 2020.

‘Partridge Family’ Star David Cassidy Suffered Personally

The “I Think I Love You” singer hit it big on the 1970s ABC show, “The Partridge Family.” During those years, he partied and lived up to the life of a star. A Rolling Stone article mentioned that he rolled around New York in the back of a car “stoned and drunk.”

David Cassidy struggled with alcoholism and other personal and financial troubles over the years.

He married and divorced three times and battled addiction. Drunk driving charges hit David Cassidy hard in 2013 and 2014. He was bankrupt in 2015.

While he did have two children, musician Beau Cassidy and actress Katie Cassidy, he often had distant relationships.

He tried to perform to fans in the last years of his life but struggled to do that. In one February 2017 concert, California concert fans saw the man almost fall of stage. Other times, he forgot lyrics, and videos caught him slurring his words during shows.

While working on an A&E documentary titled “David Cassidy: The Last Session,” the star admitted to drinking the last years of his life and even fessed up to lying to family and friends that he stopped. He told show producers that he had liver disease when he became ill. The star admitted to no signs of dementia, and it was “complete alcohol poisoning.”