David Cassidy’s Battle With Dementia

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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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