Par­tridge Fam­ily David: My bat­tle with de­men­tia

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FOR­MER teen pin-up David Cas­sidy has re­vealed he is cur­rently bat­tling de­men­tia.

The ac­tor and singer, 66 ( above), said he had been in “de­nial” but he has now ac­cepted his con­di­tion.

Cas­sidy, who starred as Keith Par­tridge in 1970s TV se­ries The Par­tridge Fam­ily, said: “part of me al­ways knew this was com­ing.”

He added that as his mum and grandad both suf­fered from the disease he feared he “would end up that way”.

Cas­sidy re­cently sparked spec­u­la­tion he was strug­gling to re­mem­ber lyrics at one of his gigs.

The star, who had hits in­clud­ing How Can I Be Sure, said he had de­cided to stop tour­ing, adding: “I want to fo­cus on what I am...I want to love. I want to en­joy life.”

In 2014 a judge sen­tenced Cas­sidy, who di­vorced his third wife last year and was re­cently de­clared bank­rupt, to three months in re­hab and five years’ pro­ba­tion for drink-driv­ing.

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