David Cassidy Makes A Sad Revelation… Decides To Go Public With His Illness

David Cassidy, now a 66-year-old singer and actor, says he is battling dementia. His first taste of fame was a Keith Partridge, the teen heartthrob in the popular 1970s TV show “The Partridge Family.


Cassidy told reporters that the cruel disease runs in his family and both his mother and his grandfather had suffered from dementia. Speaking of the disease, he told reporters, “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.” He also said that he would take a break from touring. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life,” he added.

His actress mother, Evelyn Ward, died in 2012 at the age of 89. Cassidy spoke to reporters that same year about the effect the disease had on his mother. “To watch someone who raised you, who was so vibrant, to watch them lose their mind and disappear is arguably the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced,” he said. In the famous 1970s TV show, “The Partridge Family” Cassidy rose to fame as the eldest of the five children on the series.

He later turned to singing as well and toured the world to packed audiences at concert halls. Many compared his shows and fans to those of the Beatles and Elvis with the crowds of screaming teenage girls. His performances outlasted his boyish charms and he continued for nearly 50 years. Sadly, the illness is taking its toll and this past weekend, while performing in Agoura Hills, California, Cassidy had difficulty remembering the lyrics to his songs.

He told the public of his dementia diagnosis in an article published Monday. A tweet from Danny Bonaduce, who played his brother on “The Partridge Family” read: “If you’re a fan, now is a great time to send him your love and best wishes.” In the past, Cassidy had an ongoing problem with alcohol, something he often spoke about publicly. ‘If I take another drink … I’m dead’

Between 2010 and 2014 he was arrested three times for driving under the influence. He said of his alcohol addiction that it was “very humbling and it’s also humiliating.”