Actress SHIRLEY JONES – who played the widowed mom of five children on the beloved hit show “The Partridge Family” – is heartbroken over the death of one of her TV kids!
Shirley, 81, who raised four children of her own with first husband Jack Cassidy, told The National ENQUIRER the apparent heart attack that claimed the life of 52-year-old Suzanne Crough was “absolutely devastating.”
“I was in shock when I found out,” Shirley said in an exclusive ENQUIRER interview.
“The last time I saw Suzanne was about two years ago when we did an autograph signing event, and we’ve talked since then.
"It’s absolutely devastating because she was so young. She had never been sick, as far as I know.
“And the worst thing is that one of her two daughters was going to be married this summer, and she won’t be there. It breaks my heart. I know how much she was looking forward to her daughter [Samantha’s] wedding.”
With her red hair and freckles, the 7-year-old became an overnight child star when “The Partridge Family” debuted in 1970. Suzanne played the tambourine-shaking daughter, Tracy, until 1974.
She went on to the 1977 NBC drama “Mulligan Stew” after the hit series ended, but soon left showbiz altogether.
Suzanne’s husband, William Condray, 55, told The ENQUIRER that his wife was found unconscious on the living room couch of their Laughlin, Nev., home at about 9:30 p.m. on April 27.
“It was all of a sudden,” he said, breaking down in tears.
Police said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.