David Cassidy's Family Says He Will Not Be Given A Funeral

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David Cassidy's Family Says He Will Not Be Given A Funeral

We were all saddened to hear that teenage heartthrob, David Cassidy passed away at the age of 67.

After suffering from organ failure, the former "Partridge Family" star was surrounded by his family in hospital before his passing.

"On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy," his family said in a statement. "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."

Cassidy leaves behind his son Beau, his daughter Katie, his brother Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, as well as his mother Shirley-Jones and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In spite of having a huge support system and fan base, Cassidy will not be having a funeral.

After decades of success in Hollywood, Cassidy's life-long struggle with addiction caught up with him. In 2014, he entered rehab after he was arrested three times for driving under the influence. Shortly after, his wife filed for divorce.

Earlier this year, the star revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia, a disease that was common in his family.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," he said.

Since then, Cassidy's health had been declining, leading up to him being rush to hospital.

After being put in a medically induced coma, Cassidy woke up over the weekend surrounded by his family.

"When his brother Patrick walked into the room, David lit up like a Christmas tree," said a source close to the family. "There's been total resolution within the family. They will always be there for him."

Following his passing, Cassidy's brother Shaun, shared a heartbreaking tribute on Twitter.

"...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," he tweeted.

Then he started sharing a stories about his big brother on the social media site.

"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..." he tweeted.

After his passing, the late star's publicist revealed news that there "will not be a funeral" for Cassidy. Instead "arrangements for a memorial will be announced at a later date."

His family is said to be cremating the star and honoring him in a private memorial.

They are considering a public memorial for his millions of fans at a later date, but that is far-off.

No doubt it will draw a huge crowd of fans that want to say goodbye to the star.

What do you think of the family's decision to keep his farewell private? Share in the comments below.

Source: Shared / E News