The 70’s television icon, David Cassidy, was admitted to a hospital in Florida after his condition became critical. He was placed in the intensive care unit, and was diagnosed with organ failure.
Cassidy had been in ill health for quite some time according to his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen. However, she confirmed that this time it was worse than all the others. She also admitted that “The Partridge Family” star was currently dependent on a breathing tube.
In a statement made to the press, Geffen reported that Cassidy was conscious and “surrounded by family and friends”. She added that nothing was “imminent” but that they were “taking it day by day”. However, Geffen did not comment on the cause behind Cassidy’s organ failure.
Cassidy was a child star of the ‘70s who portrayed the character “Keith Partridge” on the popular sitcom “The Partridge Family”. Cassidy’s character made him an icon of the ‘70s with reports stating that his fan following had surpassed that of the iconic singer Elvis Presley at some point. Cassidy had later toured the world singing the songs made popular on the sitcom by his character.
However, the star had faced a number of personal issues. Earlier in the year, he admitted to People magazine that he was battling dementia. He went on to explain that the disease was possibly hereditary since both his grandfather and his mother had suffered from the disorder.
In the interview, he stated that while he had been in denial for quite a long time, “a part” of him knew that the disease lurked within.
He has also spoken out in the past about his struggles with alcohol abuse. Cassidy has at least three DUIs under his belt. In an interview with CNN in 2014, Cassidy stated that his struggle with alcohol abuse was both “humbling” and “humiliating”.