David Cassidy says he is “saddened” by the news of his on-screen Partridge Family sister Suzanne Crough’s death at the the age of 52.
In a post on his official website, David Cassidy, 65, said he didn’t know the actress well, but felt deep sympathy for her family.
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Suzanne. We didn’t know each other well as she was so young and shy during the Partridge Family years. I have always thought fondly of Suzanne and her family. My thoughts are with them at this time.”
News of Suzanne Crough’s death was announced Tuesday and has ignited renewed interest in The Partridge Family and David Cassidy, who became a house-hold name in the ’70s as a result of the success of the series.
Although no cause of death has been specified in news reports, Las Vegas police said Suzanne Crough suffered “a medical episode,” and that the cause of her death was “not suspicious,” as reported by the Associated Press.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 28, 2015
Crough’s husband, William Condray, called his wife a “devout” wife and mother.
“I can’t tell you the number of sacrifices she made in order for me to get through law school and for our kids. She was truly a devout mother.”
Like David Cassidy, Suzanne Crough was featured in commercials and on The Partridge Family, which ran on ABC from September 1970 to March 1974.
— Variety (@Variety) April 29, 2015
The Associated Press described the mega-hit series as follows:
“The show revolved around a widowed mother and her five children who formed a band. The series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life stepson David Cassidy as the resident heartthrob.”
Morning! Stu & Jodie here. Whose picture did you have on your wall? We bet David Cassidy was a popular one! pic.twitter.com/nEiSDF2mVj
— BBC Radio Stoke (@BBCRadioStoke) March 29, 2015
In his heyday, David Cassidy was beloved by teenage girls the world over, and his concerts were scream-laden events that had girls swooning. Unfortunately, in later years, David Cassidy struggled with alcoholism and a string of DUI arrests.
David Cassidy’s latest bust was in September 2014.
The former heartthrob received 50 hours of community service after pleading to the lesser offense of DWI.
David Cassidy was also required to have alcohol locking devices placed on any vehicle he drove for a year, as reported by TMZ.