Danny Bonaduce Announces He Has a Mysterious Illness

Former child star Danny Bonaduce is temporarily leaving his radio program due to an undisclosed illness.

“Some news to share. I’m taking temporary medical leave from my radio show, “The Partridge Family” star, 62, tweeted on Friday. “I will share more when I know more. I am still in the process of getting a diagnosis. What I do know is that I need time to focus on my health. I love my job and talking to you guys and I’ll be back in the air soon.”

Bonaduce has been featured on “The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show” on Seattle radio station KZOK since 2011.

He also shared a photo of himself with a walking stick and wrote next to it: “Charlie Chaplin, Willy Wonka, Danny Bonaduce. I joined the club of cool guys with canes.”

Bonaduce rose to fame in the early 1970s playing Danny Partridge in the sitcom “The Partridge Family”, which also featured Shirley Jones, David Cassidy and Susan Dey.

"The Partridge family."
Bonaduce played the wisecracking Danny Partridge in ‘The Partridge Family’.
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Like many child stars, the actor has struggled with substance abuse. In 1990, he was arrested while attempting to purchase cocaine in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The following year, he was arrested in Phoenix for beating and robbing a transgender sex worker.

Danny Bonaduce.
Bonaduc is currently battling an unknown disease.
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When David Cassidy died in 2017, Bonaduce remembered him fondly.

“David Cassidy was a god to me,” he wrote in a column for The Hollywood Reporter. “We weren’t close when we did ‘The Partridge Family’ — I was 10 years old; He was 20 – but to me he was like Elvis Presley, right down to the jumpsuit and the arenas full of fans.”

He also shared that 20 years later, Cassidy reached out to help when he was struggling with addiction.

Bonaduce explained that Cassidy invited him to tour with the contingency of “no drugs, no alcohol, no smoking, and no women,” promising it would get better.

“David told me the tour would give me a career, and it did,” he said of the $75,000 offering after doing stand-up comedy for the singer’s set.

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