Anyone who grew up with The Partridge Family probably found it difficult to cope with the fact that its most popular star, David Cassidy, passed away about two years ago from organ failure at the age of 67 after also struggling with dementia. Today, the singer would have been 69.

Born David Bruce Cassidy in NYC on April 12, 1950, David is the son of actor and singer Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. Following their divorce, Jack married Shirley Jones — who not only became David’s stepmom in real life but played his mother on The Partridge Family.

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Thanks to the show, David enjoyed great popularity throughout the 1970s as both a recording artist and concert performer, though he certainly went through a number of struggles in his personal life. Among them were three marriages, bouts of alcoholism, bankruptcy and health issues. Joy, however, did come from the birth of his daughter, Katie Cassidy, one of the stars on the CW’s Arrow.

Through it all, the passion of David’s fans became heartwarming to him, though for a long time he resisted the baggage that came along with having played Keith Partridge. He commented in an interview with NJ.com, “It was fascinating how quickly it evolved, just by fate. It was obviously God’s intent. I feel very, very fortunate to have had all of the stars align to do that. Because I was able to not only become very successful but to touch people’s lives and bring light into their lives.”

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