In November, David Cassidy left this world at the age of 67. The entertainment personality best known for his role in _The Partridge Family _passed away due to organ failure late last year, and there were reports that the actor suffered from dementia in his final years. But according to a recently-unearthed phone call conversation, the latter part might not necessarily be true. As David Cassidy said in the conversation, which was held two months before he passed away, the entertainer didn't actually have dementia. Instead, David Cassidy dealt with his alcohol addiction in the days leading up to this death.
The confession was found in A&E's documentary David Cassidy: The Last Session, which will air next week. Alcohol abuse is something David Cassidy struggled with for years, which resulted in three DUIs in five years. When the former teen idol went to rehab in 2014, he claimed his drinking days were now behind him. But that wasn't necessarily true, according to People. The fateful call that revealed the truth to the producers came shortly after Cassidy was rushed to the hospital, after becaming ill in the recording studio. When he called the producers to let them know what happened, he said,
This admission of David Cassidy's continued alcohol abuse during the final months of his life came as a shock to both the producers of the upcoming documentary and the actor's family, which includes his kids, Katie and Beau. Everyone assumed he was sober since his stint in rehab. That wasn't so.
David Cassidy: The Last Session focuses on the titular musician as he struggles to record his final album admit health problems and memory loss. David Cassidy was hoping to stage a comeback with this new album, but it wasn't meant to be. He is described as "frail" and "weak" in the new film.
As a former teen heartthrob in the '70s with the success of The Partridge Family, David Cassidy: The Final Session will likely serve as a heartbreaking and somber farewell to the actor/musician during his final years. Nevertheless, the upcoming documentary will serve as an examination of David Cassidy's life, legacy and health struggles as he attempted to record a new album admit personal difficulties.
David Cassidy: The Last Session will air on A&E on June 11th at 9 PM.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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