LOS ANGELES — Despite what he had told friends and family, David Cassidy was still drinking in the last years of his life and did not have dementia, he told People magazine.

People magazine reported Wednesday the former teen idol called producers of an A&E documentary after he fell ill and told them he had liver disease. In the recorded conversation, Cassidy said there was no sign of dementia and it was “complete alcohol poisoning.”

The former “Partridge Family” star said he had lied by telling friends and family he had stopped drinking. Cassidy died of organ failure in November at age 67. The issue appears on newsstands Friday.

A&E will air “David Cassidy: the Last Session” on June 11.