Ex-teen idol David Cassidy says he has dementia

Former teen idol David Cassidy said on Monday he was suffering from dementia. Edward Baran reports.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (Reuters) – Former teen idol David Cassidy said Monday he’s suffering from dementia.

It came just a day after weekend performances in California in which he forgot his words and appeared to fall off stage, raising concerns over his health.

The 66-year-old former Partridge Family star told People magazine he was fighting dementia, a disease his mother also suffered from.

He said he was was in denial, but ‘part of me always knew this was coming’.

Cassidy told the magazine he’d decided to stop touring as a musician to focus on his health.

His publicist said his comments were accurate but gave no further details.

Cassidy has struggled with drinking and financial troubles in recent years.