Onetime teenage heartthrob David Cassidy, who once lived in Ridgefield, is hospitalized in Florida in critical condition with organ failure, USA Today reported on Sunday.
Cassidy, 67, who is also battling dementia, needs a liver transplant and is in the ICU, USA Today said.
In February, Cassidy revealed his devastating diagnosis and stopped touring as a musician. His grandfather and mother both suffered from dementia, Cassidy told People magazine.
Cassidy is best known for his role as Keith on “The Partridge Family.”
Cassidy, whose personal struggles in the last few years have included divorce, bankruptcy, DUI arrests and drug rehab, said he planned to focus on his health.
In the late 1990s, Cassidy lived in a 1930s house on 4 acres on Olmstead Lane in Ridgefield for nearly three years with wife and family. They ultimately moved because of his work in Las Vegas, the West Coast and on the road.
In a Feb. 7 message to fans, posted on his official website, www.davidcassidy.com , Cassidy said he would “always be eternally grateful for the love and support” they have shown him.
“I still love very much to play and perform live. But it’s much more difficult for me now,” he said.
Cassidy, who got an Emmy nod for his appearance on “Police Story” in 1978, also was a guest star on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2013.
Born in New York City, he is the son of singer/actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. Shirley Jones, who played his mom on “The Partridge Family,” was Cassidy’s real-life stepmother. Cassidy lived for a while with Jones, his father and his stepbrothers at their home in Irvington, N.Y.
Jones and the elder Cassidy had three sons, Shaun, Patrick and Ryan. Jones and Cassidy divorced in 1974. She later married comic/actor Marty Ingels.
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