Shirley Jones remembers David Cassidy: “I will treasure the years”

Actress Shirley Jones, 83, has paid tribute to her step-son David Cassidy who died yesterday aged 67.

“Long before he played my son on The Partridge Family, David Cassidy was my stepson in real life,” she said in a statement.

“As a little boy, his sweet sensitivity and wicked sense of humor were already on display, and I will treasure the years we spent working and growing together. I will also find solace knowing that David is now with his dad.

“My heart is with David’s daughter, Katie, his son, Beau, and with Shaun, Patrick, and Ryan, whom I know are deeply missing their brother today. Thank you for the enormous outpouring of affection you have offered our family at this difficult time.”

Half-brother Shaun Cassidy said in a series of tweets, “When I was a little boy and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing pillow fight. During the battle, he would regale me with hysterical stories of our father, often culminating in his taking a giant leap off my top bunk … I tried to catch him of course. I always tried to catch him. But I never could. Now, I will carry him, along with all of the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, none more filled with love than these last few at his side.”

Last year Shirley Jones also recalled the first Partridge Family audition with her step-son.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


  1. On Foxtel a few years ago was a show about David and the Partridge Family. Shirley Jones said that when the show was going, kids from across the country and Canada would travel by bus to her home in Los Angeles and sleep on her front lawn. They told her that they didn’t want their families, they wanted Shirley as their mother and David Cassidy as their brother. She had to explain that the show was fiction, that there was no Partridge Family. She had to phone the parents of the kids telling them where their children were.

  2. Some lovely tributes to David here. Hope he knew how apparently well-loved and respected he was before he left us.
    Donny Osmond…now there’s a blast from the past.
    Looking very well preserved these days – the Mormon lifestyle has served him well…

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