David Cassidy performs on stage during the UK Once In A Lifetime Tour at LG Arena on November 9, 2012 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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“I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

Sad news from one of our favorite 70's heartthrobs. After recent performances in which he appeared to forget the words to his songs and later fell off the stage, former teen idol David Cassidy revealed that he’s suffering from dementia, Reuters reports.

The 66-year-old Cassidy, who is known for his hit songs in addition to his role in the sitcomThe Partridge Family, told People that his grandfather and mother also battled the memory loss disease.

“In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room—I feared I would end up that way,” he says of watching his mother’s painful deterioration.

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he adds.

Cassidy says he has come to terms with his condition, and has decided to stop touring as a musician to concentrate on his health and happiness.

“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he told People. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

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