David Cassidy was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital intensive care unit last week, according to longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen, CNN reported.
The actor, best known for his role as heartthrob Keith Partridge on the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” was reportedly admitted for liver and kidney failure. Cassidy was listed in critical condition and administered a breathing tube, although the cause of his organ failure was not immediately known.
Geffen told the Associated Press doctors were working to “keep him as well as they can until they can find another liver,” though she said his condition wasn’t “imminent.”
As Dearly previously reported, Cassidy revealed in February he was suffering from dementia. He has also opened up about struggling with alcohol abuse in the past.
In 2008, Cassidy publicly admitted to his struggles with alcohol abuse, according to People. CNN reported the actor was arrested for driving under the influence three times between 2010 and 2014, and he entered rehab to address substance abuse issues in 2014. Sue Shifrin, Cassidy’s wife of 23 years, filed for divorce after his third DUI arrest, according to the Mirror.
In an interview with CNN in 2014, Cassidy called his struggle with alcoholism “very humbling” and “also humiliating.”Frazer Harrison/Staff/Getty Images
In light of the actor’s failing health, family members rallied to his side, with a source telling People that Cassidy’s loved ones have come together regardless of his past troubles with alcohol abuse:
There had been many family issues because of his alcoholism, but they are all reuniting in support of him. He was delighted to see them.
Cassidy’s ex-wife, Shifrin; son, Beau Cassidy; and brother, Patrick Cassidy, were reportedly at the hospital. Cassidy had been placed in a medically induced coma but was reported to be conscious around family.
As People reported, Cassidy admitted he was struggling with dementia earlier this year, worrying fans might mistake his behavior as a relapse with alcohol. Both Cassidy’s grandfather and mother suffered from dementia, a diagnosis Cassidy said he always expected to receive, as he told People:
I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.
As of Sunday, Geffen said, there is “no update” on the actor’s health, the AP reported.