After sparking rumors that he was drunk onstage over the weekend, singer David Cassidy has made a big announcement about his health.
Cassidy revealed to People magazine that he is battling dementia, which was also suffered by his mother, the late actress Evelyn Ward. He told People magazine, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.”
The 66-year-old made the announcement following the end of his farewell tour, which wrapped Sunday. He said, "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.”
On Saturday, many speculated that Cassidy was intoxicated at his concert in Agoura Hills, California. In a video obtained by TMZ, the former teen idol appeared to be slurring his words, forgetting lyrics and taking long pauses between songs.
The former star of “The Partridge Family" has struggled with alcoholism in the past. He told Piers Morgan in 2014, "If I take another drink, I'm going to die, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I'm dead. You know, they say it's a slippery slope... It's not a slippery slope. It's from 12:00 to 6:00 on the clock and the whole face is ice. One sip, one drink, because there is no such a thing, not to an alcoholic. You have one and you're — you're done. I'd be done.”
At the time, Cassidy had checked into rehab for the third time after a 2013 DUI arrest. He had also been arrested for DUI in 2010.