Actor, singer and songwriter David Cassidy who is best known for starring as Keith Partridge on the legendary 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, has been hospitalized and in a critical condition following multiple organ failure.
The 67-year-old guitarist was taken to a Florida hospital on Wednesday, November 15, where he was put in an induced coma. It is currently unknown what had caused the organ failure, but the former teen heartthrob remains in a life-threatening condition.
Cassidy is no longer in a coma, but still urgently needs a liver and kidney transplant. His longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said for CNN on Saturday, “He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day.”
Doctors are doing their best to “keep him as well as they can until they can find another liver,” Geffen added.
Cassidy’s health problems surfaced back in February when he had difficulties getting through a concert in Los Angeles. He was seen staggering on stage as well as forgetting and slurring his words, which caused fans to worry that he had fallen back to his drinking habits.
That was not the case, however. The ’70s teen idol spoke to People after the event, saying, “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” and revealed he was suffering from dementia.
In the interview, The Partridge Family star spoke about watching his grandfather battle the disease and about his mother “disappearing” as a result of it.
This meant the end of his touring days, as the memory loss and arthritis made performing too difficult. That is why the Fort Lauderdale resident decided to call it quits and focus on his health after 50 years of a successful career.
“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he added. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
About a month ago, Cassidy took to his website to answer some of his fans’ questions, many of which regarded his health. He replied, “I am doing well. I am keeping busy. Of course, I have good days and some not so good. Don’t we all? I am 67 years old!”
I had a huge crush on David Cassidy before I turned my attention to Jimmy Osmond. Before I got into bed every night, Dad used to have to pick me up so I could kiss my poster of Jimmy. Thankfully for my husband I’m tall enough to reach myself now pic.twitter.com/O95UyS0T7g
— 🇬🇧 🇬🇧 The Duchess of Warwickshire 🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@England______) November 18, 2017
The star also spoke about finishing his last album “Songs My Father Taught Me,” a tribute to his late father, singer and actor Jack Cassidy who passed away in 1976.
“The songs should be finished by the end of the year,” the younger Cassidy confirmed. “I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I have had so much fun recording them with my band. They are so talented.”
David also admitted that playing the guitar still is his favourite way to relax.
Source: The Doctors
Earlier this year, the singer decided that this album would be his last.
“People may respond that it’s just worship of my male role model, especially as he basically abandoned me and my mother. I truly believe he was the most talented man I’ve ever known. Soooooooo, I’m going to go in and pay tribute to him with ‘Songs my father taught me’,” he told his fans on Facebook.
“I truly believe this will be my last recording, and it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for many years.”