David Cassidy Reveals He’s Suffering From Dementia

Feb. 20 2017, Published 9:10 p.m. ET

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Former Partridge Family star David Cassidy is fighting dementia.

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy, 66, revealed in an interview with People. Cassidy’s grandfather suffered the disease, as did his mother, who he said he watched “disappear.”

As reported, Cassidy, who famously struggled with addiction before heading to rehab, sparked concern for his health during a bizarre performance at The Canyon Club in Agoura Heights, Calif., on Feb. 19.

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Cassidy had a hard time recalling lyrics to popular songs, fell off the stage and hit himself in the head with a microphone.

Now the star admits facing dementia and memory loss has changed how he’s going to live out his life.

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” said Cassidy of his decision to quit touring and performing. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

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