33° Good Evening
33° Good Evening

David Cassidy opens up about dementia diagnosis on new ‘Dr. Phil’

Dr. Phil's interview with actor David Cassidy will

Dr. Phil's interview with actor David Cassidy will air on CBS on March 1, 2017. Credit: CBS Television Distribution / Peteski Productions

Singer David Cassidy is speaking out further on his dementia diagnosis, which he recently revealed.

“When friends of yours or family members begin to say to you, ‘Remember I just told you this two days ago,’ and there is no memory of it, that’s when I began to be very concerned,” the former teen heartthrob, 66, says in the episode of “Dr. Phil” scheduled to run Wednesday.

Despite at least two DUI charges and a stint in rehab over the past few years, Cassidy said he was not impaired when he fell onstage, slurred words and had trouble remembering lyrics during a Feb. 18 concert at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California.

“When you have spotlights in your eyes, and you’ve had five eye surgeries, as I’ve had — and I’ve talked a lot about it — you see me there, I tripped on that [stage monitor],” he told Dr. Phil McGraw, referring to the incident caught on video. “But I certainly wasn’t intoxicated and it has nothing to do with why I’m leaving [show business].”

He added, “Certainly, my dementia has contributed to the reason why I don’t want to go out and I don’t want to hear, ‘Well, he looked like he was drunk’ or ‘He looked like he was . . . ’ ” he said, his voice trailing. “I wasn’t.”

Cassidy — who gained famed in the 1970s musical sitcom “The Partridge Family” and hit songs such as “I Think I Love You” — has a family history of dementia, McGraw told “Today” on Tuesday, explaining, “His grandfather died of dementia. His mother died of dementia.”

More Entertainment