FORT LAUDERDALE — Singer and “Partridge Family” actor David Cassidy, admitted to a Fort Lauderdale hospital some days ago with liver and kidney failure, continues to struggle.
Cassidy, 67, was moved to the ICU on Sunday as his condition worsened, and family members have been dropping everything to flock to his side.
“There had been many family issues because of his alcoholism, but [Cassidy’s family members] are all reuniting in support of him,” a source said. “He was delighted to see them.”
According to Cassidy’s representatives, the singer was placed in a medically-induced coma, though he was awake for visitors on Saturday. Among those present were his son Beau Cassidy, his brother Patrick Cassidy and ex-wife Sue Shifrin.
Beau took to his father’s Facebook page to compose a message to fans.
“Unfortunately David is very sick,” he began. “However he is getting the support he needs, surrounded by the people he loves most. Thank you very much for your love and concern that you have expressed in your messages to him.”
Reports on Cassidy’s prognosis have been conflicted. One source recently stated, “There’s really no issue anymore for a transplant; it’s futile.” However, Cassidy’s publicist Jo-Ann Geffen gave a more positive outlook, claiming that doctors aimed to “keep [Cassidy] as well as they can until they can find another liver.”
Concerns about the singer’s health began when he slurred his words and fell off stage at a Los Angeles concert in February. Cassidy revealed soon after that he was suffering from dementia, a condition with which his mother had also been afflicted.
“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he said at the time.
Cassidy’s mother, Evelyn Ward, died in late 2012 after suffering from Alzheimer’s-related dementia.
“In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room,” Cassidy revealed. “I feared I would end up that way.”
Fans and fellow celebrities—including fellow “Partridge Family” alum Danny Bonaduce and 70s pop-rock peer Merrill Osmond—continue to send their well-wishes via social media.