What a sad day for classic TV fans. On the heels of the news that “Gilligan’s Island” star Russell Johnson passed away at age 89 comes a report that “Partridge Family” alum Dave Madden has also died. According to a January 16 report by TMZ, Madden died of congestive heart and kidney failure early this morning. He was 82. While he was best known for his role as frustrated band manager Reuben Kincaid on the 1970s sitcom about a singing family, Madden also had recurring roles on "Laugh-In” and “Alice.”
Following the news of Madden’s death, his “Partridge Family” co-star Danny Bonaduce tweeted: “Dave Madden was a great guy & like family to me. He taught me to drive a car when I was 10. One of many great memories. I'll truly miss him.”
On David Cassidy’s official website, this message was posted: “David and all the staff at davidcassidy.com send their best wishes and prayers to Dave Madden’s wife Sandra and his family at this sad time.
And Shirley Jones, who played matriarch Shirley Partridge on the show, told Rumorfix: “Dave was a great person and was one of the reasons ‘The Partridge Family’ worked so well. He will certainly be missed.”
Jones also said Madden “made the show,” according to Variety.
“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work: this strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure,” the 79-year old actress said. “It was hysterical!”
“The Partridge Family” aired on ABC from 1970 to 1974 and turned Cassidy into a teen idol.