David Cassidy reveals private battle with dementia

David Cassidy: now and then.
David Cassidy: now and then. Supplied

 

FORMER Partridge Family star and 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy has revealed that he is struggling with dementia.

The revelation comes after videos taken and shared by fans over the weekend showed Cassidy struggling to remember the lyrics to some of his biggest hits and appearing to fall off the side of a small stage.

The 66-year-old told People magazine that he was battling dementia and had decided to stop touring as a musician in order to focus on his health.

His mother, 1940s Broadway star Evelyn Ward, died at age 89 in 2013 after suffering from Alzheimer's-related dementia.

Cassidy told People magazine: "I was in denial, but part of me always knew this was coming."

Cassidy is best known as heartthrob Keith Partridge on the 1970s series musical-sitcom The Partridge Family.

In recent years he has struggled with alcohol and also filed for bankruptcy in February 2015.


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