‘Partridge Family’ heartthrob David Cassidy has dementia

David Cassidy confirms he's a victim of "memory loss," aka "dementia," and sometimes a code-word for Alzheimer's.

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David Cassidy. (Image courtesy Mr. Cassidy's website)

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2017 — As Boomers get older, time seems to fly faster and faster and not always in a positive way. Today’s sad story in the entertainment world is the revelation that former “Partridge Family” star and one-time teen heartthrob David Cassidy has confirmed he’s the victim of “memory loss,” aka “dementia” and sometimes a code word for Alzheimer’s.

David Cassidy, back in the “Partridge Family” days. (Image via Wikipedia entry on David Cassidy, credit Allan Warren, CC 3.0 license)

Just 66—relatively young given today’s actuarial expectations, Cassidy has suspected for some time that something was not quite right, as he had begun to stumble over song lyrics, many of which he’s had memorized for decades.

According to CNN’s Madison Park:

“The former teenage heartthrob told People magazine that dementia runs in his family, affecting both his grandfather and his mother.


“‘I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,’ he said to People, regarding the disease.

“Cassidy said he would step back from touring.

“‘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,’ he told the magazine.”

The LA Times’ Christie D’zurilla has more.

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