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.”
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“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.