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Dave Madden, Reuben, from 'The Partridge Family' dies at 82

Dave Madden, best known as the band manager in the 1970s TV show "The Partridge Family," died Thursday at the age of 82, according to TMZ. The actor's former agent told TMZ that Madden died of "congestive heart and kidney failure" in Florida.

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Madden played Reuben Kincaid on the show about a family of musicians, who travel around in an old school bus to perform.

David Cassidy and Shirley Jones worked with Madden on the show.

"I'm saddened by the loss of such a sweet man," Cassidy told Yahoo in a statement from his rep. "He was supportive and kind on the set and off and he will be missed by many."

Shirley Jones, who played the mom and bandleader on "The Partridge Family," says, "Dave was a great person and was one of the reasons 'The Partridge Family' worked so well. He will certainly be missed."

Madden also was in many TV shows, including "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," and in the series "Alice."

The American Heart Association says, when the heart does not circulate blood normally, the kidneys receive less blood and filter less fluid out of the circulation into the urine. The extra fluid in the circulation builds up in the lungs, the liver, around the eyes, and sometimes in the legs. This is called fluid "congestion" and for this reason doctors call this "congestive heart failure".

CNN also reports, Actor Russell Johnson, who is known as 'Professor' in the 1960s TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died Thursday at the age of 89.

Johnson played Professor Roy Hinkley, whose scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued were always messed up by Gilligan.

His agent Mike Eisenstadt says Johnson died at his home in Washington, where he lived with his wife, Connie and their daughter.

Johnson worked up until his death, signing autographs over the holidays, said Eisenstadt. He called Johnson's death "unexpected."