David Cassidy's grandfather and mother, Evelyn Ward, both died after battling dementia, and now the '70s superstar says he always knew it would happen to him, too.
"I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," the singer told People.
After a nearly 50-year career, the singer now says he plans to stop touring as a musician so he can focus on his health.
"I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions," he told the magazine. "I want to love. I want to enjoy life."
Cassidy's fans knew something was going on with him. In January, he posted a message on his official website announcing he was retiring at the end of this year. And earlier this month, he posted that while he loves to play and perform, "it's much more difficult for me now." The pop icon added that his announcement to stop performing live was the most difficult decision he has ever made in his life.
Danny Bonaduce has long been in awe of his TV brother's insane brand of fame back in his teen idol heyday. Bonaduce once revealed that he lost his virginity to a Cassidy groupie castoff. In an interview on the website C'mon Get Happy, Danny also compared the superstar singer to other teen idols of the era, saying onetime Partridge Family guest star Bobby Sherman was never the star that David was.
"[He] was as famous as Elvis or McCartney," Bonaduce said of his '70s co-star. "Bobby Sherman was like New Kids on the Block in comparison."