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Famous fans react to the death of David Cassidy: 'Bye bye childhood'

Carly Mallenbaum
David Cassidy performs his final touring concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 4, 2017, in New York City.
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As the world learned Tuesday night that actor/musician David Cassidy had died, famous fans reacted to the news on social media.

Here are some of the thoughts they shared about The Partridge Family star on Twitter:

"Bye bye childhood," tweeted songwriter Diane Warren. "RIP David Cassidy."

Beach Boys maestro Brian Wilson wrote that Cassidy would come over in the '70s to write music. "He was a very talented and nice person," Wilson said. "Love & Mercy to David and his family."

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"Heartbroken over the passing of #DavidCassidy," tweeted singer Marie Osmond. "He graced the covers of teen magazines w/ my Brothers in the '70s."

Singer Harry Connick Jr. shared that Cassidy "was always so kind to me — such a pleasure to have had him on my show ... sending love and prayers to his family."

Filmmaker Kevin Smith wrote, "David Cassidy's Keith was one of my favorite TV characters. He was legit funny AND he could sing. The man entertained me during my childhood and even years later."

Actress Marlee Matlin said to Cassidy, "You were so sweet to me and you left us too soon. To me and millions of us you were forever young."

Comedian Tom Arnold asked, "Who my age did not want to look like, sound like, just be him when they were young?" He added: "I was lucky to get to know the sweet & very funny real David as an adult & I still wanted to be him."

"So sad to hear about #DavidCassidy," tweeted singer Richard Marx. "Met him at a gig about 10 years ago and he was incredibly warm and gracious."

Actress Lori Loughlin wrote that her "preteen heart" is broken.

Interviewer Larry King shared his condolences on Twitter. "Like his father Jack he had great talent, and a complicated life," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of David Cassidy," said singer Gloria Gaynor.

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"Godspeed," tweeted singer Rick Springfield.