‘Partridge Family’ Star Danny Bonaduce on Suzanne Crough’s Death: ‘Everyone Thought I’d Be the First Partridge to Go’

“Suzanne was a wonderful lady and a good mom,” the actor says of his deceased castmate

Last Updated: April 29, 2015 @ 3:49 PM

“The Partridge Family” star Danny Bonaduce has opened up about the death of his castmate Suzanne Crough, with a nod to his own tumultuous past.

In a statement to TheWrap, Bonaduce — who played wisecracking Danny Partridge on the 1970s sitcom — acknowledges that he was probably the safer bet in the Partridge Family death pool.

“Everyone thought I’d be the first Partridge to go,” Bonaduce told TheWrap in a statement Wednesday. “Sadly it was little Tracy,” the actor added, referring to Crough’s character, Tracy Partridge.

He went on to call Crough, who died  Monday at her Nevada home at age 52, a “wonderful lady.”

“Suzanne was a wonderful lady and a good mom. She will be missed,” Bonaduce said.

A cause of death for Crough, who played the younger daughter on the iconic series, has not yet been determined.

On Tuesday, Crough’s TV mother, Shirley Jones — who played family matriarch Shirley Partridge on the series — offered her condolences, telling TheWrap that Crough had “everything to live for” and adding, “Dear God take care of my baby.”

The ABC series, which aired from 1970 to 1974, revolved around a family that decides to form a musical group. In addition to Crough, Bonaduce and Jones, David Cassidy and Susan Dey also starred.

In the decades since “The Partridge Family” went off the air, Bonaduce’s personal struggles have been well documented, including a 1990 arrest on a charge of buying cocaine.