David Cassidy Reveals He Has Dementia

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David Cassidy

The 66-year-old former 'Partridge Family' star said his family has a history of suffering from the brain disease.

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." Cassidy, whose hits include "I Think I Love You" and "Cherish," will stop touring to focus on his health and "enjoy life."  

Of his mother’s struggles, Cassidy told People: “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 is the stepson of actress and fellow Partridge Family star Shirley Jones.

On Tuesday, Cassidy tweeted his thanks for the support.