Singer David Cassidy has recently opened up about his battle with early-onset dementia.
The former star of the hit TV show The Partridge Family bravely went public with his diagnosis in the days following a very troubling performance in Agoura, California. After a video of the concert surfaced on YouTube, viewers speculated as to whether or not Cassidy was inebriated. Concerned fans that were in attendance took notice that the star was slurring his words, forgetting lyrics, and had fallen off of the stage with his guitar strapped on. He was also observed being somewhat belligerent, growing impatient with the crowd murmur as he told stories in between songs during his set.
Admittedly, the video is hard to watch because it is clear that there is something amiss with the 66-year-old singer. During the story interludes, Cassidy rambled and repeated certain parts of his tales as he spoke. While he has previously admitted that he struggled with alcoholism, it is apparent that there was something else ailing him that night. Watch the fan-shot video below:
During his interview with People Magazine, Cassidy shared that dementia is a dark genetic force in his family. Both his grandfather and mother had been diagnosed with dementia. He went into detail about watching his mother “disappear” and that the only way that he knew his mother recognized him when he visited was her reaction to him singing to her. He described that, although there was a lack of verbal communication between the two, tears would begin to flow as he softly sang to her as she listened.
Unfortunately for David Cassidy, he was unable to escape the fact that dementia runs in his family. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy confided to People. He announced that, after five decades in show business, he has decided to retire to give the proper attention to his health and personal wellbeing.
Cassidy stated, “I want to focus on what I am, who I am, and how I’ve been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
David Cassidy continued telling his story during an appearance on Dr. Phil, which airs today, March 1. In the preview below, Cassidy confides about the moment he first recognized he may be suffering from dementia and stated that he was not drunk during the performance in Agoura. He also told his son Beau Cassidy to, "promise me you'll find a way to let me go. Don't let me live like that."
With a career filled with amazing success and memories to his name, David Cassidy is making the right decision to focus on his priorities and to start his quest to find himself before the progressive nature of his disease prevents him from doing so.