“Partridge Family” star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in critical condition and placed in a medically induced coma, as his organs are shutting down, his rep confirms.
According to TMZ, Cassidy was rushed to a Florida hospital a few days ago and his condition has been rapidly declining. Their source tells them that the former teen heartthrob’s kidneys are failing and that he needs a liver transplant soon or he could die.
In February, Cassidy made public his battle with dementia and announced he would retire from touring as a musician to concentrate on his health.
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said in an interview with People Magazine, adding that his mother and grandfather had also suffered from the degenerative brain disease.
In an appearance on “Dr. Phil” shortly thereafter, Cassidy told his son,”I want you to promise me you’ll find a way to let me go and don’t let me live like that,” so that the singer doesn’t succumb to the disease like his mother did.
“When friends or family members ask you, ‘Remember, I just told you this two days ago?’ and there’s no memory of it … that’s when I began to be very concerned,” Cassidy told McGraw.