Former teen idol and late pop singer David Cassidy told a producer of the upcoming A&E documentary “David Cassidy: The Last Session” that he did not have dementia and did not give up drinking months before his death at age 67 in Florida in November 2017.
After being admitted to a hospital in September 2017, Cassidy made his confession to A&E producer Saralena Weinfield over the phone:
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. I did it to myself, to cover up the sadness and the emptiness.
Cassidy was arrested three times for drunk driving between 2010 and 2014, and claimed in 2014 that he had stopped drinking after undergoing rehab.
Cassidy’s son, Beau, released a statement in response to the recording of his dad:
We, the Cassidy family, were not affiliated with the A&E documentary. All we are interested in is maintaining the legacy of the icon he was.
Weinfield told PEOPLE magazine that she and the other producer were unsure at first what to do with the telephone recording:
We didn’t want to exploit him. But ultimately he was honest about what killed him and we decided that his legacy would be best served if we shared that.
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