Billy Connolly says he’s ‘not dying, not dead, not slipping away’ and apologises for ‘depressing’ fans
Pamela Stephenson posted the video of the comedian apologising to fans on Twitter. (Supplied: Twitter)
Comedy great Sir Billy Connolly says he is ‘near the end’ and his life ‘is slipping away’
Sir Billy Connolly has apologised for “depressing” fans with comments he made about his health in a new BBC documentary.
- The Scottish comedian reassured fans he is ‘not dying’ in the Twitter video
- The video is in response to comments he made in a BBC documentary about his health
- The video, which features him playing the banjo, was posted to Twitter by his wife Pamela Stephenson
The 76-year-old Scottish comedian said his life was “slipping away” and he was “near the end” in the two-part BBC series Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland, alarming fans and creating headlines around the world.
But, in a video posted to Twitter by his Australian wife Pamela Stephenson this morning, Sir Billy clarified his remarks.
“Not dying, not dead, not slipping away,” the comedian says in the video while plucking a banjo.
“Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better.”
Sir Billy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013, spoke about his battle with the disease in the documentary, as well as the impacts of ageing.
“I’m near the end but it doesn’t frighten me. It’s an adventure, and it’s quite interesting to see myself slipping away. Bits slip off and leave me. Talents leave and attributes leave,” Sir Billy said in the documentary.
“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.
Sir Billy Connolly talks about his age and health in a new BBC documentary series. (Supplied: BBC)
“It’s like somebody is in charge of you and they’re saying, ‘Right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, and now it’s time to subtract’.”
He also spoke about how his health was affecting his banjo playing, as he suggested he was being prepared for “the spirit world”.
“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. I’ve got all this stuff to lose first, and then I’ll be on the shadowy side of the hill, doing the next episode in the spirit world.”
Sir Billy’s clarifying comments on Twitter were greeted enthusiastically by fans, who expressed relief and praised the comedian for lifting their spirits.
“Thank you for putting our minds at rest”, one commenter replied to Ms Stephenson’s video, “reading about Billy this week was stressful.”
“Never apologise Billy”, another replied, “You’re loved in your every incarnation.”
Another wrote: “No matter how difficult life gets, just watching Billy can lift your spirits and make you laugh. The world is better because he is in it.”