David Cassidy: Looking Back at the Former Teen Heartthrob’s Ups and Downs

By the time David Cassidy turned 21, he had made his first million.

The actor had won hearts worldwide as the hunky, young star of The Partridge Family in the 1970s. Despite unbelievable fame, the decades that followed were marked with turmoil for Cassidy, now 66.

Cassidy revealed exclusively to PEOPLE on Monday that he is battling dementia and that he is stepping back from touring as a musician to “enjoy life” and “love.”

At the peak of his early career, Cassidy played some 350 concerts in 17 countries while releasing 10 Partridge albums, eight solo albums and 17 singles, PEOPLE reported in 1983. Cassidy would fight off aggressive fans – things at one point got so out of control that he had to be smuggled into his own concerts.

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David Cassidy: Looking Back at the Former Teen Heartthrob’s Ups and Downs

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