The Partridge Family star David Cassidy remains in critical condition after being hospitalized for organ failure earlier this week. According to the actor’s longtime publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, David, 67, is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Fort Lauderdale, FL hospital and currently has a breathing tube. “He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day,” Geffen told CNN in a story published on Monday, Nov. 20.
People has additionally reported that David’s loved ones have rushed to his side in the wake of his ill health. “There had been many family issues because of his alcoholism, but they are all reuniting in support of him. He was delighted to see them,” a source close to the star revealed, adding that David’s brother Patrick Cassidy, ex-wife Sue Shifrin, and son Beau Cassidy are currently with him in the hospital. “When his brother Patrick walked into the room, David lit up like a Christmas tree. There’s been total resolution within the family. They will always be there for him,” the source said.
The news of David’s hospitalization first broke on Saturday, Nov. 18 with several outlets reporting the singer was in critical condition and in a medically-induced coma. The star — who is best known for playing Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974 — has allegedly been ill for the past two months, is suffering from kidney and liver failure, and may die if he doesn’t receive a liver transplant soon. In February, David revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia, a memory loss disease that runs in his family. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he told People at the time. He subsequently announced his retirement from touring as a musician. “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 said.
David performed his final concert on Saturday, March 4 at the NYC music venue BB King’s and before he took the stage for the last time, he thanked his fans for their support in a heartfelt message posted to his official website. “I’m overwhelmed with the loving, caring, supportive reaction to the fact I have the early stages of dementia,” he wrote. “I want every single person who will ever read this, or hear this, to know that their love and care for me, and concern for me, means everything in the world.” Our thoughts are with David and his family during this difficult time.