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David Cassidy Diagnosed With Dementia At 66 (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante

Singer, actor and songwriter David Cassidy revealed he has been diagnosed with dementia at age 66 (video below).

During a recent concert at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, "The Partridge Family" star appeared to be struggling to get through his set, the Daily Mail reported.

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While many concertgoers feared that Cassidy was drinking again, the star told People magazine that he has dementia.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy said, noting that his mother, actress Evelyn Ward, struggled with dementia until she died in 2012 at age 89.

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"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 explained. "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."

Several videos of Cassidy's performance have surfaced online. In the clips, Cassidy appears to forget the lyrics to songs and go on long breaks. He also tells rambling stories and falls off the stage at one point, TMZ reported.

Fernando Perdomo, a guitarist from the band that opened for Cassidy that night, took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the performance.

"David Cassidy was horrible tonight," Perdomo tweeted. "No mercy to this drunk disaster show."

Cassidy has had financial difficulties in recent years. His court documents claimed he was going through a "stressful and challenging period" in his life, including the divorce from his third wife Sue Shifrin, multiple arrests and a stay in a rehab facility, Radar Online reported.

Cassidy has submitted a plan to a Florida court to help put an end to his Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The plan, which is awaiting approval, is proposing to pay off the millions owed to creditors over a period of 60 months.

"While he still loves performing for his fans, it is more difficult to travel and perform in various parts of the United States or worldwide due to his health," the documents stated.

Sources: Daily Mail, People, Fernando Perdomo/Twitter, Radar Online / Photo credit: David Cassidy/Facebook, YouTube via Daily Mail

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