The singer reveals he's suffering from dementia.
Following a trainwreck of a concert in LA over the weekend, David Cassidy has dropped a tragic bombshell. He is suffering from dementia, which is part of the reason why he will no longer be touring. Now he just wants to focus on enjoying his life as it is at the moment.
David Cassidy reveals startling health revelation
The singer revealed the news after videos emerged of him acting visibly inebriated during an LA show a few days ago. According to him, the neurological condition was always something he had been expecting after both his grandfather and mother passed away after battling the illness.
'I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming', he told People. 'In the end, the only way I knew [my 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.'
It may explain why the 66-year-old continually forgot the words to a number of songs that he has been performing for decades during a show at the The Canyon Club on Saturday (February 18th 2017). Yes, it doesn't explain why he was slurring his words and stumbling around the stage, but he has struggled with alcohol abuse for a long time now and usually manages to get the songs down.
David Cassidy recently revealed on his website that the weekend's shows would be his last on the West Coast, though the only health issue he cited then was athritis. 'Traveling and my arthritis has certainly made these cross country shows much more difficult for me now', he said. 'As most of you know, I live very happily in South Florida as it makes my life much more manageable.'
He did, however, insist that he wouldn't be a 'complete goodbye' and that he would continue to be active for a few more years to come. 'I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions', he continued in his statement to People. 'I want to love. I want to enjoy life.'