David Cassidy abused alcohol up to the very end.
In “David Cassidy: the Last Sessions,” an A&E documentary about the singer’s last months before his death, he confessed that a sudden fall in a recording studio wasn’t due to dementia, but the result of drinking.
“I have liver disease,” Cassidy shared with producer Saralena Weinfeld in a phone conversation, reports People. “There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was complete alcohol poisoning.”
The revelation was shock to those close to the “Partridge Family” star who believed he was struggling with lost memory and was living sober following a 2014 stint in rehab.
“The fact is that I lied about my drinking,” Cassidy said. “I did [this] to myself to cover up the sadness and the emptiness.”
Cassidy often spoke of his alcoholism, including his three DUI arrests.
He died of organ failure in November 2017 at age 67.
His fellow “Partridge” co-star, Danny Bonaduce, shared his thoughts on Cassidy’s efforts to cover the truth.
“Part of alcoholism is lying,” Bonaduce said. “When you’re an addict, you know you can’t be honest with people. You say what you want them to hear. I can’t be mad at David for that, but it’s still a tragedy.”
After hearing the truth from Cassidy’s own lips, producers of the documentary weren’t sure what do to. They ultimately decided to use the footage.
“We wanted to honor David because we really grew to like him,” Weinfeld explained. “We didn’t want to exploit him. But ultimately he was honest about what killed him, and we decided that his legacy would be best served if we shared that.”
“David Cassidy: the Last Sessions” airs June 11.
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