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David Cassidy dies, age 67.

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has passed away from liver and kidney failure.

Jo-Ann Geffen, president and CEO of JAG Entertainment, said in the following 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”.

The 67-year-old had been awaiting a transplant when he fell into multi organ failure a few days prior.

Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked to liver and kidney failure as well as early dementia.

David Cassidy rose to fame playing Keith Partridge in the hit 70’s show, The Partridge Family.  He became a teen sensation overnight and pop idol with songs such as “I Think I Love You.”

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What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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