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Around this time Columbia Pictures' television division dispatched a group of screenwriters to observe the Cowsills' daily lives for a possible series based on their story; the show never panned out, but was later fictionalized as The Partridge Family. By the time The Partridge Family hit the airwaves in 1970, however, the Cowsills' career was on the decline, and in the wake of the 1971 LP On My Side, the group suffered an acrimonious split that tore the family apart. Barry reportedly took the breakup harder than anyone else, and spent the remainder of his life leading a nomadic existence, additionally battling substance abuse. For the most part, the Cowsill siblings were musically inactive for the remainder of the 1970s; at mid-decade Barry briefly joined brothers Bill and Paul along with session guitar great Waddy Wachtel in the short-lived Bridey Murphy, releasing the single "The Time Has Come" to scant attention. He did not participate in the Cowsills reunion that yielded the unreleased 1979 LP Cocaine Drain, however, and also refrained from taking part in several subsequent incarnations of the group, instead pursuing a solo career. Cowsill issued his lone solo LP, As Is, on the Lüd Von label in 1998; two years later, he finally agreed to reunite with his siblings under the Cowsills banner. In mid-2005 Barry settled in New Orleans, also home to sister Susan. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast a few weeks later, he went missing, sparking a much-publicized search for information on his whereabouts. Sadly, Cowsill's body was discovered on December 28, but not identified until nearly a week later -- he was 51. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi