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Billy Connolly admits he’s ‘slipping away’ as he opens up about Parkinson’s disease

The Scottish comedian was diagnosed with the disease in 2013


Billy Connolly has opened up about living with Parkinson’s disease in a new documentary for the BBC.

The 76-year-old, who was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition in 2013, has admitted that his life is “slipping away” while filming a new documentary called Made in Scotland.

According to the Daily Mirror, Billy said in the doc: “My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I’m 75 [he turned 76 in late November], 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.”

“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,” he continued.

“And they all came one at a time and they just slipped away, thank you. It is like somebody is in charge of you and they are saying, ‘Right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, now it is time to subtract’.”

“It takes a certain calm to deal with, and I sometimes don’t have it,” he said. “I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn’t last long, I just collapse in laughter.”

Made In Scotland airs on BBC Two at 9pm this Friday.