A Plucky Billy Connolly Assures Fans He's Not Dead
Legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has apologised for "depressing" fans days after declaring he was "near the end" and "slipping away" while discussing his health in a new BBC documentary.
In a cheeky musical update posted to Twitter by his Australian wife Pamela Stephenson, the 76-year-old plucks a Banjo while clarifying his comments: "Not dying, not dead, not slipping away. Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better."
Sir Billy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer in 2013. He underwent surgery on his prostate and was cleared of cancer soon after his diagnosis.
During 'Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland', which was watched by 2.2 million people when it aired on BBC Two last week, he made frank comments while reflecting on his life, health and career.
"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. Bits slip off and leave me. Talents leave and attributes leave," Connolly said.
He also spoke about how his health was affecting his banjo playing.
"I can't work my left hand on the banjo. It's as if I'm being prepared for something, some other adventure which is over the hill," he said.
But it now looks like he's not going anywhere anytime soon and his fans are pretty happy about it.