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David Cassidy Reportedly Close To Death

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Update: He has passed away. 

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Doctors reportedly say actor David Cassidy is close to death.

The star, best known for acting and singing as Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical-sitcom "The Partridge Family," was rushed to a Florida hospital on Nov. 17, reports TMZ.

Cassidy, 67, suffered multiple organ failures and requires both a liver and kidney transplant.

On Nov. 18, his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, told CNN Cassidy is in critical condition.

"He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day," Geffen said.

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It's possible he could survive if he gets the help he needs soon, but an insider claims that doctors have little hope.

The source now says Cassidy is in an induced coma and is "near the end."

"There's really no issue anymore for a transplant," the source said. "It's futile."

Cassidy's health has been deteriorating for some time now, it is reported.

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In February, the star stumbled on stage and forgot some of the lyrics to a song he'd been singing for 50 years during a concert in Los Angeles, reports People. Cassidy later revealed it was because he suffered from dementia.

"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," said Cassidy, whose mother, Evelyn Ward, also suffered from the condition.

After the incident, Cassidy says he accepted his illness and stopped touring so he could just concentrate on enjoying his life.

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he said. "I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

Cassidy also struggled with alcoholism and has been arrested for drunk driving.

"I am most definitely an alcoholic," Cassidy admitted in 2014. "And the interesting thing about it and the way you end up with multiple DUIs -- I never got arrested for anything until I was basically 60 years old."

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"I had been lying to myself and consequently lying to everyone else about my disease," he added.

Cassidy, however, ultimately accepted he has a problem and admitted his illness is very severe.

"If I take another drink, I'm going to die, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I'm dead," Cassidy said in 2014. "You know, they say it's a slippery slope. ... It's not a slippery slope. It's from 12:00 to 6:00 on the clock and the whole face is ice. One sip, one drink, because there is no such a thing, not to an alcoholic. You have one and you're -- you're done. I'd be done."

Sources: TMZ, People, CNN (2) / Featured Image: Jo Naylor/Flickr / Embedded Images: Njpac/FlickrAllan Warren/Wikimedia Commons

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