Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy confessed to lying about his alcoholism in a documentary recorded before his death, with The Partridge Family star revealing he was still drinking right up until his death.
The crooner, who died as a result of organ failure on November 21, 2017, also admitted that he never suffered from dementia, revealing his health problems were actually a result of his drinking problems.
Cassidy, who was just 67 when he died, can be heard telling producers of the documentary, titled David Cassidy: The Last Session, which is due to air next week, that he has been diagnosed with liver disease, admitting that he “did it to himself”.
The former teen idol reportedly called producers at American television network A&E after he fell ill and admitted he had lied to his friends and family by telling them he had stopping drinking.
In the audio clip, he says: “There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was complete alcohol poisoning. The fact is that I lied about my drinking. I did this to myself to cover up the sadness and the emptiness.”
Months before his death Cassidy was accused of being drunk during a performance in Aurora Hills, after he fell off the stage and appeared to forget his lyrics. Following the incident he appeared on US talk show Dr Phil where he revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia.
At the time he said: “I certainly wasn’t intoxicated and it has nothing to do with why I’m leaving. Certainly my dementia has contributed to the reason why I don’t want to go out and I don’t want to hear, ‘Well, he looked like he was drunk or he looked like he was’ – I, I wasn’t.”
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The I Think I Love You hitmaker struggled with alcoholism for a number of years and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol three times in four years, before he was admitted to rehab in 2014.
Following the stint he told his family, including son Beau, 27, and daughter Katie, 31, he had stopped drinking, but the documentary has now revealed that is not the case.
The two-hour documentary, which will air in the US on June 11, will also feature never-before-heard audio tapes of Cassidy speaking about his life from 1976, as well as interviews with fellow Partridge Family stars and artists including Alice Cooper, Kim Barnes and Hal Blaine.