Shirley Jones leads heartfelt celebrity tributes to David Cassidy

Shirley and David shared a special bond that went beyond The Partridge Family. Source: Getty

The entertainment world is still in mourning following the sad death of David Cassidy on Wednesday.

The Partridge Family star passed away at the age of 67 after he was placed in an induced coma over the weekend.

It is believed he was suffering multiple organ failure, and died surrounded by the people closest to his heart.  Since then, there’s been an outpouring of grief over the loss, with his former co-star Shirley Jones leading an array of celebrity tributes to Cassidy.

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She famously played his mum on The Partridge Family in the ’70s and was actually his real-life step mum after marrying his father in 1956.

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In a touching statement, Jones explained just how important Cassidy was to her life.

“Long before he played my son on The Partridge Family, David Cassidy was my stepson in real life,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight.

“As a little boy, his sweet sensitivity and wicked sense of humour 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.”

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She also explained how important the former heartthrob was to his family: “My heart is with David’s daughter, Katie, his son, Beau, and with Shaun, Patrick, and Ryan, who I know are deeply missing their brother today.

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“Thank you for the enormous outpouring of affection you have offered our family at this difficult time.”

In addition to Jones’ tribute, fans and celebrities around the world also paid their respects to Cassidy.

The Partridge Family co-star Danny Bonaduce, who played Danny in the show, remembered him as a brother.

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Beach Boys crooner Brian Wilson remembered hanging out with Cassidy when they were younger, while actor and singer Harry Connick Jr recalled that the late star was always kind to him.

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Like a lot of girls who grew up in the 70s, Marie Osmond remembered Cassidy as a heartthrob, sharing a collage of magazines that he was on the cover of.

Even Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick spoke highly of him, despite being on a rival show.

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Other stars including singer Carnie Wilson, director Kevin Smith, and talk-show legend Larry King paid their tributes.

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Do you have a message for David’s family? was is your favourite memory of the actor?