Stars have been paying tribute to the late David Cassidy, who has died at the age of 67, with singer and TV presenter Coleen Nolan telling of how she "absolutely idolised" the teen heartthrob.

Cassidy was rushed to hospital last week and died on Tuesday surrounded by loved ones, with his family saying he had passed away "with joy in his heart" and "free from the pain that had gripped him for so long".

Nolan said she and her sisters, who formed pop group The Nolans in the 1970s, were huge fans of Cassidy and went to see him perform back in the day.

She told ITV's Lorraine: "I absolutely idolised him when we were kids, it was him and the Osmonds for us, and Linda was obsessed with Donny Osmond and Bernie was obsessed with David Cassidy, so there was always that battle.

"We went to see him in concert at the Manchester Arena in the day, and it was just incredible. It's just tragic the way he ended up."

Dozens of other stars in Hollywood and in the UK shared on social media how actor and musician Cassidy, who shot to fame in hit sitcom The Partridge Family, had touched their lives.

For example, actor and comic Dawn French shared a picture of a younger Cassidy on Twitter, along with the words: "I cherished you."

Newsreader Kay Burley said that Cassidy was her "first love", and stand-up comic Jenny Eclair said  he was among those who "soaked up all the tears" for teenagers in the 1970s.

RIP David Cassidy.  My first love pic.twitter.com/OXonEzgZ7z

— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) November 22, 2017

BBC Radio 2 and former Top of the Pops presenter Tony Blackburn said: "Very sad to hear that David Cassidy has passed away. I knew him well and toured with him introducing his concerts in the 70's and was a nice guy. R.I.P. David."

Very sad to hear that David Cassidy has passed away.I knew him well and toured with him introducing his concerts in the 70's and was a nice guy.R.I.P. David

— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) November 22, 2017

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston shared a memory from working together. He wrote: "RIP David Cassidy. I directed him on an episode of #MalcolmIntheMiddle. He was such an exceptional person & talent."

RIP David Cassidy. I directed him on an episode of #MalcolmIntheMiddle. He was such an exceptional person & talent. https://t.co/oTGqXsCfhp pic.twitter.com/EF1BjIStU3

— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) November 22, 2017

Musician Marie Osmond, member of showbiz family The Osmonds, shared a photo of old magazine covers featuring the teen idol.

She added: "Heartbroken over the passing of #DavidCassidy. He graced the covers of teen magazines w/ my Brothers in the '70s. My condolences to his Family."