David Cassidy is suffering from dementia and will stop touring as a result.
On Monday, the 66-year-old actor, best known for his role in the 70s hit show “The Partridge Family,” shared with People magazine that he is battling the same memory loss illness that his grandfather and mother suffered from. (RELATED: Crazed Partridge Family fan tries to take home a piece of Danny Bonaduce’s face)
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said. “In the end, the only way I knew she [his mother] recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room. … I feared I would end up that way.” (RELATED: Cure For Alzheimer’s On The Horizon? These Scientists Think So)
“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he added. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Over the weekend, Cassidy was performing in southern California and struggled to remember lyrics to the songs he has been singing for almost half a decade.
A few years back, the 70s heart-throb went through a difficult spell, in and out of a court room for multiple DUI charges. After the third arrest his wife, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, filed for divorce from the actor. In 2015 Cassidy filed for bankruptcy and later that same year was charged following a hit-and-run accident in Florida.