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Sir Billy Connolly says 'life is slipping away' and he is 'near the end'

Legendary Scottish comedian Sir Billy Connolly has admitted he is "near the end" and his life is "slipping away", as he spoke about his fight with Parkinson's disease.

Speaking to his BBC documentary series Made In Scotland, Connolly says he is not scared of death.

"My life, it's slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I'm 75, I'm near the end. I'm a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning. But it doesn't frighten me, it's an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away," he said.

"As bits slip off and leave me, talents leave and attributes leave. I don't have the balance I used to have, I don't have the energy I used to have. I can't hear the way I used to hear, I can't see as good as I used to. I can't remember the way I used to remember.

Last December he confirmed he was retiring from live performing after 50 years of stand up.

Five years ago he announced that he had Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the brain. In 2018 British interviewer Michael Parkinson claimed that Connolly was no longer able to recognise him.

In a recent Radio Times interview, Connolly said he had been using cannabis to deal with his symptoms. He also said that Parkinson was wrong about the impact of the disease.

"He thought I'd lost track, mentally, but I never remember what year anything was," Connolly told the Radio Times. "I haven't a clue. I've always been about going forward, not the past."

Nevertheless, his time as a touring comic was done, Connolly said. His Kiwi wife, Pamela Stephenson Connolly, was now his nurse.

Last August, Michael Parkinson said: "The sadness of Billy now is that wonderful brain is dulled.

"I saw him recently, he's now living in America, and it was very sad because I was presenting him with a prize at an award ceremony," Parkinson told UK TV chat show Saturday Morning With James Martin. "We had an awkward dinner together because I wasn't quite sure if he knew who I was or not."

Connolly's response was to snort, "I would recognise Parky if he was standing behind me - in a diving suit."

Stephenson Connolly also poo-pooed the idea, posting a succinct rebuttal to Twitter: "Mike Parkinson is a daft old fart - doesn't know what he's talking about. Billy's doing great and still funny as hell."

The Scottish comedian and actor was diagnosed with both prostate cancer and Parkinson's on the same day in 2013.

While he is best known as a stand-up comedian, Connolly has featured in a number of movies, including Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Brave and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Comedian Billy Connolly. Source: Bang Showbiz


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