Danny Bonaduce starred in The Partridge Family with Suzanne Crough. Now the man who portrayed goofy Danny Partridge to Suzanne’s Tracy is mourning her death at 52, reported MSN.
While he honors Suzanne’s memory, Bonaduce also admits that because of his tumultuous life, which included drug abuse, people thought he would be the first to die early in the Partridge Family cast.
“Everyone thought I’d be the first Partridge to go. Sadly it was little Tracy. Suzanne was a wonderful lady and a good mom. She will be missed.”
In addition to Danny, The Partridge Family co-star Shirley Jones expressed her sorrow at the untimely passing, reported the Wrap. Although the cause of death is currently unknown, Jones indicated that it was sudden. Shirley played Suzanne’s mother on The Partridge Family.
“Suzanne Crough … my sweet TV baby for 5 years … only 52 … never a sick day … two adorable children … a devoted husband …everything to live for … just fell asleep at the dining room table and left us forever. Dear God take care of my baby.”
Other famous members of The Partridge Family, which aired from 1970 to 19754, include Susan Dey and David Cassidy.
Suzanne was born in 1963 in Fullerton, California. She also appeared on Mulligan’s Stew and Children of Divorce.
Crough’s death comes just after the death of another former child star, Everybody Loves Raymond actor Sawyer Sweeten, who took his own life at 19, as the Inquisitr reported.
Sweeten’s manager, Dino May, also expressed his grief and attempted to explain why he never saw signs that the teenager was troubled or at risk for problems such as depression or drug abuse.
“Everybody was shocked. [There was] no depression, no nothing. He was a good kid. Teenage stuff, but no depression, no signs or anything. [He wasn’t] doing drugs or… anything like that… just a great, very quiet, very shy kid,” mourned May.
For child stars like Suzanne Crough and Sawyer Sweeten, an early experience of fame puts them at risk, said trauma psychologist Charles Figley, chair of disaster and mental health at Tulane University, to Yahoo Health.
“They often go from the height of fame to the depth of living without it,” pointed out the psychologist. “It’s more than the rest of us have to face.”
John Mayer, a clinical psychologist, also expressed concern about the lives of former child stars as they grow up.
“These kids are kept from the developmental skill building that most kids go through to make them capable adults. Such things as learning about rejection, loss, transitions, and the process of identity development are in limbo while the production companies unknowingly shelter them from those natural struggles a child or teen needs to go through.”
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