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Danny Bonaduce talks about his mysterious illness.
In May, the former “Partridge Family” child star shared a Facebook post written by his sister Celia Bonaduce, which announced that the actor was dealing with a health issue.
On Monday, the 62-year-old shared more information about his ongoing health journey. He told “Good Morning America” it all started in April when his wife Amy first noticed that his speech sounded fake. His symptoms worsened.
“I couldn’t walk at all,” Bonaduce recalled. “I couldn’t do anything like that. She looked really nervous. And she said, ‘You don’t say words, you don’t speak English,’ which of course to me is nonsense.”
“We call an ambulance and [it] took me to the hospital where I stayed for the first five days and which I remember very little about,” he said.
Determined to find out what was wrong, Bonaduce took medical leave from his Seattle-based radio show. According to the outlet, he was hospitalized and tested, but doctors never got conclusive answers. Bonaduce said they ruled out a stroke.
“I couldn’t walk,” he said. “I couldn’t keep my balance. I was very slurred. I was scared of everything. I was scared of my stairs for God’s sake – I was hoping for a diagnosis but I didn’t get one. Did not have.”
The outlet shared that Bonaduce returned to work after two months. He has appeared on “The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show” on Seattle radio station KZOK since 2011. He now hopes his experience will encourage others to care about their health.
“Nothing said this was going to happen,” he warned. “Take time to consider your health and what you are doing. Be careful.”
On Sunday, Bonaduce took to social media and announced he would be back on radio Monday.
“I can’t wait,” he captioned a photo of himself at the microphone. “My brain is still a little fuzzy, but that has never stopped me or the people who hire me.”
In late May, Bonaduce wrote on social media that her symptoms were improving.
Bonaduce rose to fame as the wise Danny Partridge in “The Partridge Family,” which aired from 1970 to 1974. The series, which chronicled the humorous adventures of a musical family, starred Shirley Jones, David Cassidy and Susan Dey.
Following the success of the show, Bonaduce struggled with drug addiction. He is now sober.
In 2017, he wrote about Cassidy, who died that year at age 67 from alcohol-related organ failure.
“David Cassidy was god to me,” Bonaduce shared in a column for The Hollywood Reporter about his late co-star. “We weren’t close when we did ‘The Partridge Family’ – I was 10, he was 20 – but to me he was like Elvis Presley, right down to the jumpsuit and the arenas full of fans. “
According to Bonaduce, Cassidy contacted him 20 years later and offered to help him when he was struggling with addiction. He explained that Cassidy had invited him to go on tour under the “no drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco and no women” clause. Cassidy insisted things would get better.
“They offered me more money than I had ever seen in my life: $75,000 a year,” Bonaduce recalled. “David told me touring would give me a career, and he did.”
“As far as his own career goes, though, David got robbed,” Bonaduce explained. “When he decided he didn’t want to be Keith Partridge anymore, he left ‘The Partridge Family.’ the show didn’t go that far. It became the theme song to ‘Partridge Family’, it became the David Cassidy sound, with the same thousand fans coming to every show.”
“He never had the life he wanted,” Bonaduce continued. “It was truly a tragedy. I was in Europe when he died, but I heard he was surrounded by his family – Shirley Jones, Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy. And I heard his last words “So much wasted time.”
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