David Cassidy Opens Up About His Dementia Diagnosis
David Cassidy Opens Up About His Struggle with Dementia
Last weekend, '70s heartthrob David Cassidy was playing a show with his band in Agoura Hills, California, when he couldn't remember the lyrics to the songs he'd been performing for decades.
On Monday, Cassidy toldPeoplehe watched his mother, actress Evelyn Ward, "disappear" into dementia before her death at age 89. "In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room," he said.
Ward passed in 2012. Now, a little more than four years later, thePartridge Familystar, 66, is battling the same memory-loss disorder, he revealed toPeople.
The musician's grandfather also dealt with dementia. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," said Cassidy of his recent diagnosis.
HisPartridge Familybrother, Danny Bonaduce, responded with words of support on Monday. "If you're a fan, now is a great time to send him your love [and] best wishes," he tweeted.
Cassidy, who's faced a series of personal challenges in the last five years—including divorce, bankruptcy, and substance abuse that resulted in DUI charges in 2010, 2013, and 2014—has decided to quit touring, choosing instead to prioritize his mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
"I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions," he says. "I want to love.
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