Ex-teenage idol David Cassidy stated Monday that he has discovered that he has dementia, only a day after he performed over the weekend in California, which saw him forgetting words and appearing to have fallen off the stage, raising health concerns.
The previous Partridge Family actor and singer, 66 years old, said to People magazine that he has been fighting his dementia, a condition that his mother had also suffered during her lifetime.
Response and Issues
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said to People Magazine.
Cassidy reported to the magazine that he has finally decided to end his musical tours and focus on his own health.
“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been, without any distractions,” he told reporters. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Cassidy’s publicist confirmed his comments, but declined to give any further information.
His comments came after videos captured by fans portrayed the singer struggling on stage, trying to recall words for some of his oldest hits at the small concert in southern California last weekend.
At a point, he seemed to have fallen off one end of the small-sized stage before he climbed back up.
Cassidy’s hits include “Cherish” and “I Think I Love You”, which left teen girls swooning over him back in the 1970s. In the past few years, he had struggled with financial troubles as well as drinking.
In 2015, he was forced to auction off his home in Florida after filing for bankruptcy. He had also been arrested three times after driving drunk between the years of 2010 and 2014, forcing him to submit himself to rehab as part of his punishment.
Cassidy was in multiple stage shows when his solo singing career originally began to decline. He then starred in a short-lived 2009 comedy called “Ruby & the Rockits”, and “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011.