After opening up about his battle with dementia, “The Partridge Family” star David Cassidy is thanking his fans for their outpouring of words of encouragement.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out offering their love and support,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
The 66-year-old Hollywood veteran made the shocking revelation to People earlier this week.
The actor, who starred as Keith Partridge on the hit ’70s series, made the shocking revelation this week, telling the magazine that he “was in denial” about his diagnosis after witnessing his grandmother and mother fight the same illness. “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,” he shared about his mother’s struggle.
But now that he’s accepted the news, Cassidy has chosen to cease touring as he concentrates on living the healthiest and happiest life possible. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he says. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
Several symptoms of dementia have already begun creeping into his set. Over the weekend in Agoura, California, Cassidy failed to remember lyrics to songs he had been performing for over 50 years.
Cassidy most recently appeared on the small screen during an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.