Connolly Discovers He Has Cancer And Parkinson’s On Same Day


Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has opened up about his shock when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Both news came on the same day.

The actor and comedian announced in September 2013 that he had underwent cancer surgery, and was also undergoing treatment for the “initial symptoms” of Parkinson’s disease.

He has opened up about his diagnosis, and revealed that he had a “funny week”. On Monday he received his hearing aids, on Tuesday he was prescribed heartburn medication, and on Wednesday he was hit with the double diagnosis.

He told Britain’s Radio Times magazine, “They told me on the phone. They said, ‘Look, we’ve had a result and it’s cancer.’ I said, ‘Oh nobody’s ever said that to me before‘.

I remember I went through to the bedroom to answer the phone and (his wife) Pamela was behind me – I thought she was going to catch me. She sort of held me and I went, ‘Oh Jesus’.”

Despite the bad news, the comedian never thought his life was actually in danger. He said, “The funny thing is, I never felt close to dying at any point. The first thing the doctor said to me was, ‘You’re not going to die’. It was news to me I might die.”

In September 2013, the actor was declared cancer-free. He also revealed he is not taking his medication for Parkinson’s disease. He said, “The drugs can increase the signs, give you Parkinson’s face expressions, sort of slack.”

He is battling the symptoms by going to a gym four times a week, completing crossword puzzles and keeping notes of words and phrases he forgets.

Most Popular

Popular On Celeb Zen