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David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

By Sherna Noah

Former teenage heartthrob David Cassidy has revealed he is battling dementia.

The actor and singer (66) told People he had been in "denial" but he has now accepted his condition.

Cassidy, who starred as Keith Partridge in Seventies TV series The Partridge Family, said "part of me always knew this was coming", as the disease ran in his family.

He said his mother and grandfather both suffered and "I feared I would end up that way".

Cassidy, who has had a tumultuous few years, recently sparked speculation he was struggling to remember lyrics at one of his gigs.

The star, who enjoyed a raft of hits in the 1970s, such as How Can I Be Sure, said that he had decided to stop touring.

He added: "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 only last year and was recently declared bankrupt, to three months in rehabilitation and five years' probation for drink-driving.

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