David Cassidy Gets Emotional as He Opens Up about His Struggling Battle with Dementia

Earlier this month, accusations claiming David Cassidy faced substance abuse issues surfaced when the performer began mumbling before forgetting the words to his song, while on stage.

After critics had been quick to attack “The Partridge Family” star, Cassidy spoke out to defend himself, and in doing so he revealed some shocking information about his health:

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During an interview with People Magazine, Cassidy said that he has been struggling with dementia, a disorder that runs in his family:

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

He also said that due to his health concerns, he will stop performing.

Fans were shocked by the 66-year-old’s news, and they were left wanting to know more.

Cassidy just appeared on “The Dr. Phil” show, where he became emotional as he spoke about his dementia for the first time on camera:

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When Dr.Phil inquired about how Cassidy had begun to realize something was wrong, Cassidy said:

“When friends of yours or family members begin to say to you, ‘Remember, I just told you this two days ago,’ and there’s no memory of it, that’s when I began to be very concerned.”

Cassidy said that revelation prompted him to visit a physician.

It was, understandably, an emotional interview. The former heartthrob began to tear up when he started talking about his family. He mentioned that he watched his mother’s mental state dwindle from dementia as well as both of his grandparents’ mental states.

And because he had to see this, he said it would kill him to think of his son Beau having to watch the same happen to him:

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Cassidy said he told his 26-year-old son:

“I want you to promise me you’ll find a way to let me go. Don’t let me live like that.”

The longtime singer will perform his final show at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City, on March 4.

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