The recent documentary, “David Cassidy: The Last Session,” has shed light on the real circumstances surrounding the iconic singer’s untimely death. David Cassidy, known for his role in “The Partridge Family” and a pop sensation in the ’70s, had publicly announced that he was battling dementia before his passing at the age of 67 in November 2017.
However, the documentary reveals a different, tragic truth – Cassidy died of organ failure due to alcoholism, not dementia, as he claimed.
The Heartbreaking Confession
In this poignant two-hour documentary, Cassidy opens up about the inner demons that haunted him during the months leading up to his demise. He confessed, “I have a liver disease. There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was complete alcohol poisoning. The fact is, I lied about my drinking.” This revelation shatters the misconception that he was suffering from dementia.
Battling the Ghosts of the Past
The documentary explores the harrowing journey of the former teen idol as he grapples with his personal demons. His struggles with alcoholism were rooted in profound sadness and emptiness that he sought to escape. As he delves into the reasons behind his addiction, it becomes evident that Cassidy used alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Legacy and Honesty
While the documentary paints a heartbreaking portrait of David Cassidy’s final days, it also highlights the importance of honesty and the need to share the truth. Despite initial reservations about sharing the recorded conversations, the documentary’s co-producers ultimately decided to unveil the reality of Cassidy’s death.
A Frightening Trend
Cassidy’s battle with alcoholism is not an isolated case, especially among those over 60. A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry revealed a significant increase in high-risk drinking for this age group.
In fact, 17 percent of Americans over 60 grapple with alcohol or drug problems, compared to 10 percent of the general population. Cassidy’s tragic story serves as a stark reminder of the very real and increasing risks faced by his generation.
A Troubled Family Legacy
Cassidy’s struggles with alcohol were also connected to the neglect he experienced from his famous father, Jack Cassidy. Jack was also an alcoholic, and David remembered moments when his father would consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Jack’s turbulent life took a toll on David, who longed for his father’s love and approval.
In conclusion, “David Cassidy: The Last Session” offers a profound and raw look into the life of a beloved pop icon and the challenges he faced.
His battle with alcoholism, despite publicly claiming dementia, is a stark reminder of the need for empathy, understanding, and addressing the increasing prevalence of alcohol-related issues among older adults. David Cassidy’s legacy remains a poignant reminder that sometimes the truth can be as heartbreaking as it is illuminating.