David Cassidy’s Battle With Dementia

Actor and musician David Cassidy recently revealed that he’s battling dementia. Cassidy told People magazine that dementia runs in his family and that both his mother and his grandfather suffered from the disease.

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The 66-year-old, most famous for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s TV show The Partridge Family, has made the decision to stop touring to concentrate on his health.  He has been suffering from memory loss and at a recent show forgot the lyrics to some of the songs he’s been performing for the past five decades.

The star admits that he was in denial for a long time, but has now come to terms with the disease and is focusing on his health and happiness moving forward.

In March, Cassidy shared that he’d received several notes of support from former cast members and Hollywood stars, including Harry Connick Jr. and Katie Couric. He also said he’d received “wonderful recommendations” from medical facilities across the country, including the Alzheimer’s Association.

You can read the full story over on people.com.

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2 comments

  1. Moonbeam says:

    I love David Cassidy. With television, conserts, films, records/dvds, anything social, we all get to see people we have never met, live parts of their lives. As I write this, the Patridge Famiy series is on right now/retro tV. David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, David’s brothers, the red head actor that we heard most about with issues and thought was adorable, are part of MY mind.
    I wish so many positive and happy wishes for David Cassidy. He has had mannnny challenging times, butttt so do most all of us. Life is so unprodictable and at the same time, so everlasting with youth. But at any moment, things can change. Fortunately, for David Cassidy, he has beloved FAMILY. Maybe they all don’t agree, but he has them, which he needs as a support system.
    Many people do not have that when facing challenging times.
    It is literally the “roll of the dice” as to who our family is.
    C’est la vie.
    My greatest hope is that David Cassidy will seek alteranative remedies, i.e. in Europe, have great medical care and keep positive. 66 is much too young to go through this, however, I have read where people 40 have been diagnosed. Why? Scientist know.

    Film and television keeps one FOREVER PERFECT, but imperfection is what makes us ALL so unique and special.
    Live loooooong and with much happiness David Cassidy.
    Thank you for all of your talents and what you have given to us all as an Icon.
    Much happy love,
    melissa

  2. Julie Eades says:

    I also grew up watching David on the Partridge Family. I never missed it. My parents took me to see him at our state fair. When i was 12. That was my first concert. A few years ago he performed here at a local venue and on his way out i touched his arm. I felt like that little girl again getting to touch him. My Mother suffered from Alzheimers for years, so I feel i know what he is facing. God Bless You David Cassidy!! I wish you all the best.

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