Months after the passing of “The Partridge Family” star David Cassidy, it has now been revealed that he admitted to producers before his death that he had hidden his ongoing battle with alcoholism and that he never had dementia.
In a new documentary from A&E Networks, “David Cassidy: The Last Session”, Cassidy made a shocking admission to producers just two months before his death at 67. He had fallen ill in the studio and was rushed to the hospital beforehand.
“I have a liver disease,” Cassidy explained to A&E producer Saralena Weinfield in a recorded conversation. “There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was complete alcohol poisoning.
“The fact is that I lied about my drinking,” he said. “I did this to myself to cover up the sadness and the emptiness.”
The “I Think I Love You” singer had told his family members that he stopped drinking after a stint in rehab in 2014. He had been charged with three DUIs in five years before entering rehab. Cassidy was still abusing alcohol until the last months of his life, which shocked producers.
In the documentary, a frail Cassidy is shown dealing with health issues and memory loss as he records his new album. “David Cassidy: The Last Session” is told in the late singer’s own words, including never-before-heard audio tapes from 1976.
In a statement to ET Canada, David’s son, Beau Cassidy responded to the upcoming documentary. “We, the Cassidy family, were not affiliated with the A&E documentary. All we are interested in is maintaining the legacy of the icon he was.”
Beau also confirmed that no one is authorized by the family to release his music.
The two-hour documentary special “David Cassidy: The Last Session” premieres on Monday, June 11.