Amid Drug Abuse Rumors, ‘Partridge Family’ Star David Cassidy Reveals He Is Battling Dementia

In September of 1970, “The Partridge Family” aired its first episode, and David Cassidy launched into stardom:

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For the last 47 years, Cassidy has performed across the globe.

However, during a recent concert in the West Coast, Cassidy forgot words to songs he’s been singing for years.

TMZ speculated that Cassidy was on drugs or alcohol; however, Cassidy just set the record straight.

While Cassidy has spoken about his arthritis, the 66-year-old revealed he has dementia as well.

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During an interview with People magazine, Cassidy explained that numerous members of his family had dementia, and he always knew it was a potential threat:

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.”

The former teen heartthrob said he watched his mother and both grandparents wither away from the disease, which left him fearful the same would happen to him.

Sadly, he had good reason to worry. According to Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine people over the age of 65 suffer from dementia. In the U.S alone, 5.4 million people suffer from the disease.

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But Cassidy revealed he could no longer shy away from reality, so unfortunately his days as a performer are coming to an end:

“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.”

Cassidy’s blog reflects his farewell to the stage in the West Coast:

The February 18th & 19th shows will be the last 2 shows that I ever do on the West Coast of the USA. Traveling and my arthritis has certainly made these cross country shows much more difficult for me now.

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According to his publicist, Cassidy will perform two more shows: one at the Greenwich Odeum in Greenwich, Rhode Island, on March 3, and the other one at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City, on March 4.

After those are wrapped, it looks as though Cassidy will be hanging up the towel.

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