David Cassidy Reveals Battle With Dementia

David Cassidy

David Cassidy has revealed that he is bringing his 50-year entertainment career to a close as he deals with a recent dementia diagnosis.

The Partridge Family star gave his last concert on Feb. 18 in Agoura Hills, Calif. TMZ reported that Cassidy struggled to remember lyrics to songs he has been singing for five decades and at times appeared visibly confused. Because of his recent and highly publicized struggles with alcohol, including three DUI charges and a 2014 rehab stint, many people assumed that he had relapsed.

But in an interview with People magazine, Cassidy confirmed that he is fighting the memory loss condition. His condition is genetic, with his mother suffering from dementia for nearly two decades before passing away at age 89.

“In the end, the only way I knew she 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,” he said.

Now that his condition is comparatively minor, Cassidy said he wants to make the most of his life and spend more time with loved ones. Ending his career as a touring musician is part of the decision to focus on health and happiness.

“Part of me always knew this was coming,” 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.”