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David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, is one of the most adored actors of his generation.
As of Monday, Cassidy, who has been battling dementia since 2015, was in critical condition with organ failure at a Fort Lauderdale hospital. His publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, told CNN, “He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day.”
Married three times, Cassidy has two children: Beau and actress Katie Cassidy. Katie has held roles on Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, among others.
Here’s what you should know about Beau Cassidy.
1. David Cassidy Says Beau Is “One of the Best People You’ll Ever Meet”
In an interview with People, Cassidy said, “[Beau is] just one of the best people you’ll ever meet in your life and it’s that that I’m proud of.”
“He just turned 26,” the proud father continued. “He’s such a beautiful person.”
Earlier this year, David Cassidy appeared on Dr. Phil, where he opened up about his battle with dementia. “”When friends of yours or family members begin to tell you and say to you—’Remember? I just told you this two days ago?’—and there’s no memory of it, that’s when I began to be very concerned,” he told McGraw.
Cassidy’s mother was lost to the same disease, and at one point during the segment, Cassidy turned to Beau and said, “I want you to promise me you’ll find a way to let me go. Don’t let me live like that.”
2. His Mother Is David Cassidy’s Ex-Wife Sue Shifrin
David married Sue Shifrin in 1991 and the pair filed for divorce in 2014. The divorced was finalized in May 2016.
Shifrin has been involved in many business ventures over her life, including The Lifeboard, a program whose goal is to help people realize their dreams.
3. He Is a Singer-Songwriter
Beau is a singer-songwriter. His Facebook page reads, “Beau Cassidy is proof positive that genetics is a major factor in generational talent. He gets his talent from a long lineage of unbelievably talented and successful musicians, performers, songwriters and actors. His father is David Cassidy, the #1 Pop Icon of the 70’s (The Partridge Family); his uncle is Shaun Cassidy, Teen Star of the 70’s(and TV star of “The Hardy Boys”); His grandfather, Jack Cassidy was a world renowned Actor and performer; his step grandmother, Shirley Jones is a singer/actress; and his mother, Sue Shifrin Cassidy, is a former songwriter and recording artist. In addition, his sister is Katy Cassidy, actress and star of the new TV series, Arrow.” He describes his music as being edgier than his father and uncle’s.
He is currently working on co-writing and performing music with Mark Sprio. On Beau’s webpage, Spiro is quoted as saying, “Beau my Beau… One of the most wonderful talents I’ve work with years. Strong and direct, yet emotionally connected. A sensitive boy on the warpath of dreams…..a young hurricane.”
Terry Britten is another legendary songwriter and producer who has worked with Beau. Britten, who received a Grammy award for ‘Song of the Year’ for Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, says of Beau, “I don’t think I’ve worked with a young man with more passion about his music than Beau Cassidy. In the studio his vocal technique is outstanding an obvious natural. His desire to go the extra mile and deliver his best is exceptional, a true professional!”
4. He Studied Theater Arts at Boston University
Beau’s hometown is Ft. Lauderdale, and he studied theater arts at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
His Official Facebook page cites his influences as Robin Thicke, Coldplay, The Cab, Stevie Wonder, and Elvis.
Beau has held a number of jobs in the entertainment industry. According to his LinkedIn page, he worked as a PR Assistant at The Weinstein Company from March 2014 to June 2014. He is also listed as a Production Manager for A Way Around Films since January 2013.
5. Beau Posted a Health Update About His Father on Sunday
On Sunday, Beau took to his father’s Facebook page to post a health update that read, “Unfortunately David is very sick. However he is getting the support he needs, surrounded by the people he loves most. Thank you very much for your love and concern that you have expressed in your messages to him. Beau Cassidy.”
Friends, family, and fans have all responded heartfelt messages. One woman wrote, “Praying for your dad! I would give him a piece of my liver. Serious. He made me such a happy preteen!!” Another fan commented, “A fan back in 1972, lots of memories from my secondary school years, my classmates were either fans of David, Donny or Michael. Looked forward to watching ‘The Partridge Family’ after school and remember asking for the ‘Cherish’ LP for Christmas, my very first album.”