Billy Connolly says he has made peace with death amid Parkinson’s battle

Billy Connolly says he has made peace with death amid Parkinson’s battle

12/29/2020

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Billy Connolly, 78, has spoken frankly about being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease – admitting he has now made peace with death.

The actor and comedian spoke openly and honestly about living with the degenerative disease, and has said he is now "ok" with his situation.

Speaking on ITV's Billy Connolly: It's Been A Pleasure on Monday night, Billy said: "It's got me, it will get me and it will end me, but that's OK with me."

He recently admitted that he will never perform stand-up again and wants to live out his final days in private with nature enjoying simple things like fishing from his Florida home.

Billy said: "I’ve done my stand-up. I did it for 50 years. I did it quite well. And it is time to stop.

"My illness, my Parkinson’s disease, has rendered me different. It would either mean renewing what I do and doing something else, or give up what I did and that’s what I’ve done.

"Why do I like to make people laugh? Because it is a jolly thing, it is good for you and it is good for them. It is a dynamite thing to be able to do, to get a laugh out of someone."

His wife Pamela added during the emotional documentary: "What he wants to do is take it easy, he wants to fish on his dock in Florida, and enjoy the sunshine, watch television and drink tea and eat biscuits, that's what he wants to do."

With typically dry humour, the star also spoke of his 2013 diagnosis, saying: "I’ve got Parkinson’s disease. I wish he’d f****** kept it."

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He added: "I started low and I ended high. Just staying up there, until it is time to stop, seems a natural and good thing to do. It is a good thing to be proud of, I wanted to be a funnyman and I got it.

"It’s been a pleasure talking to you all those years.

"From the beginning when I was a folkie, right through, I couldn’t have done anything without you. You have been magnificent."

Billy's career started in 1971 and eventually earned him a knighthood from Her Majesty The Queen in 2013.

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