He’s bravely given an insight into his battle with Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with six years ago.
And Billy Connolly’s apologised to fans as he told them ‘he’s not dying’ on a rare video posted on Saturday.
His wife Pamela Stephenson took to Twitter to share the video of the comedian, 76, looking relaxed as he played the banjo, after comments made by Billy about his illness had fans worried earlier this week.
Honest: Billy Connolly’s apologised to fans as he told them ‘he’s not dying’ on a rare video posted on Saturday
Talking to the camera he said: ‘Not dying, not dead, not slipping away.
‘Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better.’
The statement was met with a giggle by his wife while Billy continued his melodic trip across the water.
Love: His wife Pamela Stephenson took to Twitter to share the video of the comedian, 76, looking relaxed as he played the banjo
High spirits: Talking to the camera he said: ‘Not dying, not dead, not slipping away’
Truth: ‘Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better’
The video comes as the comedian who was diagnosed in 2013 made an admission in the second part of his
He said: ‘There is no denying it, I am 75 [at the time of filming], I have got Parkinson’s and I am at the wrong end of the telescope of life, I am at the point where the yesteryears mean more than the yesterdays.
‘Because it is back there in my childhood and youth when I go to all those things that made me that live keenest in my memory now. My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should.’
Slipping away: Billy revealed on his BBC documentary series Made In Scotland this week, that he feels his ‘life is slipping away’ as his Parkinson’s disease progresses
He added: ‘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.’
Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.
Words: The 76-year-old comedian, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, speaks honestly about the neurological disorder on the show
Referring to his symptoms, he says: ‘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,’ before saying it is as if he is being prepared for ‘some other adventure, which is over the hill.’
Billy went on to describe the degenerative disease as him progressively ‘losing all’ of himself to be on the ‘shadowy side of the hill, doing the next episode in the spirit world.’
The two-part documentary focuses on intimate interviews with the comedian, providing an unique insight into the early influences and motivations that helped carve his extraordinary career.
Frank: He says: ‘There is no denying it, I have got Parkinson’s and I am at the wrong end of the telescope of life’
Insight: In certain parts of the show, it is reported that Billy asks the camera to stop filming as he struggles to control his symptoms, while in another scene his hand shakes uncontrollably
The second part of the documentary sees Billy give a refreshingly honest account of life with the disease, saying sometimes he is ‘angry’ but always ends up ‘collapsing into laughter’.
Back in 2013, the comedian revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and prostate cancer on the same day.
He has since been given the all clear for cancer and moved to Florida with his wife Pamela Stephenson to fight the degenerative disorder.
Candid: Billy gives a refreshingly honest account of life with the disease, saying sometimes he is ‘angry’ but always ends up collapsing into laughter
Sharing his struggles: After his diagnosis, Billy continued to tour with his stand-up shows until 2017, but said his Parkinson’s made him get ‘rooted to the spot and afraid to move’
After his diagnosis, Billy continued to tour with his stand-up shows until 2017, but said his Parkinson’s made him get ‘rooted to the spot and afraid to move’.
The actor said instead of prowling the front of the stage like he used to, he just stood stock-still where he was, with his symptoms weighing on his mind.
Meanwhile, a host of other big names on the comedic circuit guest star in the show to talk about Billy’s remarkable 60-year career.
Fellow comedian Eddie Izzard describes his diagnosis as ‘rough to hear about’ but Billy talking so frankly about the disease ‘helps other people’.
Only recently, Billy hit back at Sir Michael Parkinson after the veteran presenter claimed the comedian’s brain had ‘dulled’ due to his battle with Parkinson’s.
The broadcaster, 83, said there was a ‘sad and awkward’ moment during an awards dinner where Sir Billy ‘didn’t recognise him’ and put the encounter down to the disease’s effects.
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged
The three main symptoms are: involuntary shaking (tremor), slow movement, stiff and inflexible muscles
As the condition progresses, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can get worse
Parkinson’s disease doesn’t directly cause people to die, but the condition can place great strain on the body
Credit source: NHS
But the comedian said he had no idea what Sir Michael was talking about and aimed a swipe at the broadcaster over his adverts for ‘over-50s insurance’ for Sun Life.
Speaking to the
He continued: ‘The thing that got me about it was what if it was true? It’s still a shitty thing to do. What do you think of Billy Connolly? “Oh, he’s f****d.”‘
While he told
The funnyman has two children – Cara, 45, and Jamie, 49, from his first marriage to Iris Pressagh.
Billy and Pamela have three children together – Scarlett, 30, Amy, 32, and Daisy, 34.
Battle: Billy moved to Florida with wife Pamela Stephenson to fight the degenerative disorder