David Cassidy said he didn't have dementia, struggled with alcohol, new documentary reveals

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David Cassidy was still drinking in the last years of his life and did not have dementia, he is quoted in a new documentary.

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The former "Partridge Family" star and teen idol called producers at the A&E network 10 months before his death and told them he had liver disease, People reported on Wednesday.

The film crew originally set out to document the late actor's struggle with dementia. They filmed him recording new songs, dedicated to his later father, Jack Cassidy. The footage includes Cassidy's last known time in a recording studio, according to A&E.

A&E crews said that over the course of filming, David Cassidy's health deteriorated rapidly.

In the recorded conversation, Cassidy admitted he did not have dementia and was suffering from "complete alcohol poisoning," the Associated Press reports.

Show producers told People that Cassidy confessed that he lied about his sobriety to his friends and family when he told them he stopped drinking in 2014.

Cassidy became a TV icon as a star on “The Partridge Family,” and had a long career as a musician and artist.

His struggle with alcohol was well-documented.

Cassidy was charged with three DUIs between 2010 and 2014.

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David Cassidy is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges of felony DWI, driving while intoxicated, August 21, 2013 in Schodack, New York.

David Cassidy is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges of felony DWI, driving while intoxicated, August 21, 2013 in Schodack, New York.
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David Cassidy is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges of felony DWI, driving while intoxicated, August 21, 2013 in Schodack, New York.

Cassidy attended rehab in 2014.

The producer told People that Cassidy wanted to "be honest" before his death, the Associated Press reports.

The documentary, "David Cassidy: the Last Session" will air on A&E on June 11.

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