Our hearts are breaking for David Cassidy after hearing his latest announcement.
The Partridge Family star revealed he's sadly battling dementia on Monday, Feb 20. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," David, 66, told People in a new interview.
The actor — who is most known for his role as Keith Patridge in the 1970s sitcom — also watched his grandfather and mother battle the memory loss disease years ago. He recalled his mother's diagnosis: “In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room... I feared I would end up that way.”
David singing in 1973. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
During a California show this past weekend, David also allegedly struggled to remember the lyrics to songs he's been signing for five decades.
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That said, he additionally revealed he will put his music career on the backburner to instead concentrate on his health and happiness in the coming months. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” David told the news outlet. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
David's health news comes after a tumultuous recent few years for the star. In November 2010, he was arrested and charged with a DUI, and again in August 2013 and January 2014. Shortly following the third incident, his now ex-wife Sue Cassidy filed for divorce from the star after 23 years of marriage. After their split, David went to rehab for some time that year for subtance abuse, particularly alcohol.
David after his DUI in 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Soon after rehab and his drunk driving mishaps, David unfortunately filed for bankruptcy in February 2015. Eight months later, in October 2015, he was charged again following a hit-and-run accident.
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Following the last accident, his stepmother, Shirley Jones exclusively opened up to Closer about her stepson. “We are just scared to death that we are going to wake up one morning and find out that he is dead on the floor,” she said at the time.
“David has not had a relationship with anyone in the family for years,” Shirley added. “We are sick over it.” We're thinking of David and his family during this difficult time.
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