Former Partridge Family star David Cassidy says he’s struggling with memory loss.
The 66-year-old actor-singer tells People magazine his family has a history of dementia and he had sensed “this was coming.” He says for now he wants to stay focused and “enjoy life.”
He told People, “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.”
Of his mother’s struggles, Cassidy recalled: “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.”
Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial success, ranging from substance abuse to bankruptcy. He’s the stepson of actress and fellow Partridge Family star Shirley Jones.
The interview was published just hours after alarming footage emerged of Cassidy slurring his speech and struggling to stay on his feet during a concert in California.