David Cassidy Goes Public With Dementia Battle
Veteran singer/actor David Cassidy has been diagnosed with dementia.
The former pop idol, who rose to fame on 1970s show The Partridge Family, reveals both his grandfather and his mother suffered with memory loss, so he knew it was only a matter of time before he was struck down with the condition, too.
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” the 66-year-old tells People of his ailment.
The illness is partly why Cassidy recently decided it was time to quit hitting the road, although at the time of his announcement at the start of February, he blamed his tour retirement on his struggle with arthritis.
Cassidy, who has battled substance abuse issues in the past, raised further concerns for his welfare at his penultimate tour stop at The Canyon Club in Agoura, California on Saturday as he slurred his words and fell offstage.
Reports suggested an ongoing drinking problem could be to blame, and while he has not addressed the worrying performance, he is now looking forward to concentrating on maintaining his health and happiness after completing his touring commitments on Sunday, when he played his final show in Santa Barbara, California.
“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he explains. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Cassidy has battled alcohol problems for years and he was arrested for driving under the influence in separate incidents in 2010, 2013, and 2014, after which Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, his wife of 23 years, filed for divorce.
They finalized the split last year.