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'David Cassidy was my idol'

From BBC - November 22, 2017

There has been an outpouring of emotional tributes to the US singer and actor David Cassidy, the 1970s teen pop idol who died on Wednesday.

At the height of his fame, he had a huge fan club - bigger than those of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Here, you have been sharing your stories of your encounters with the former teen heartthrob.

Special memories

Sandra Burnham from Bristol: "From the moment I caught my first glimpse of David I was in love.

"One of the best days of my teenage years was going to see him at the Empire Pool - now called Wembley Arena. Travelling from Bristol on the train with a friend, we arrived to a sea of screaming girls. I clearly remember the crush to get inside and being carried along in the crowd, my feet not touching the ground.

"I needed to get to the front! I left my seat and my friend and made my way down the aisle between the blocks of seats. Others had the same thought and the aisles soon became full.

"There were barriers and security guards to stop fans from getting through, however, I quietly made my way to each barrier and waited until the guard was sorting out another screaming or fainting fan and slipped through, eventually making my way to the very front. But of course, he did not notice me."

"I am now 60 years old and in the process of moving house. Consequently, I have been clearing the loft but nothing could make me throw out my David Cassidy scrapbooks, a record of those wonderful innocent teenage years and my one and only true heartthrob.

"To hear today that he has passed away is so sad and I find myself more upset than I would have expected. I will always keep these special memories in a corner of my heart reserved for David."

Jan Barber from Bristol: "I was gutted when as a teenager my mum would not let me go to London to see David Cassidy arrive at the airport. But many years later I saw David Cassidy perform on his 52nd birthday at the Hammersmith in London in 2002 and waited outside afterwards.

"He came out onto a balcony with his son Beau. Somebody came over who had been to his party after the show and asked who his biggest fan was. I shouted the loudest and she gave me a piece of his birthday cake which I shared with several other fans. I kept that teeny piece of cake for years."

A huge star

Richard Sacks from Hampshire: "I photographed David Cassidy at Wembley in the seventies in front of screaming teens. I was working for a group of magazines which included the official David Cassidy Magazine.

"I vividly remember seeing him backstage being rushed out into a van after the gig by four security guys with screaming fans banging on the doors as they drove off."

Magical time

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