David Cassidy, the wildly popular ’70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV’s “The Partridge Family,” is in critical condition with organ failure.
Cassidy is being treated at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida area hospital, according to longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen.
“He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day,” Geffen said.
Cassidy was in medical facility with liver and kidney failure. She said he’s in a private room, conscious and surrounded by family.
Geffen added that there was nothing “imminent” about Cassidy’s condition, and doctors were hoping to “keep him as well as they can until they can find another liver.”
The New York Daily News, citing Cassidy’s rep, reported that the singer’s liver and kidney were failing and he needed a transplant.
In February, Cassidy revealed to People magazine that he was battling dementia after he struggled to remember song lyrics and fell off the stage at a show in California.
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said at the time. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions.”
Cassidy has also battled substance abuse issues and went to rehab in 2014.
Cassidy’s father was actor Jack Cassidy, who died in 1976. His mother was actress Evelyn Ward, who died in 2012.
Shirley Jones, 83, who played Cassidy’s mother on “The Partridge Family,” was Jack Cassidy’s second wife and David Cassidy’s stepmother.
In 2008, he publicly admitted he had an alcohol problem. He was plagued with drunken-driving offenses and financial problems.
There were DUI arrests in Florida in 2010 and in Schodack, NY, in 2013, during which he learned that the name of his arresting officer was Tom Jones.
“What’s New, Pussycat?” the drunken Cassidy asked.
In 2014, he was sentenced to do 90 days of in-patient rehab after a DUI arrest near LA Airport.
In 2015, when he was 65, the Los Angeles Times ran this headline: “David Cassidy facing hit-and-run charge in crash on the day his home was auctioned.”
His 7,000-square-foot waterfront Fort Lauderdale mansion sold for $1.8 million at a court-ordered bankruptcy auction.