Sir Billy Connolly says sorry for ‘depressing’ fans

Emma Lawton

Emma Lawton

The comedian gave a frank update on his health troubles in Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland, and revealed on the BBC programme that his life was "slipping away".

Sir Billy, now 76, was diagnosed with degenerative neurological condition Parkinson's in 2013.

The two-part documentary series, which aired on BBC Two and was watched by 2.2 million viewers, showed him reflecting on his life and career in showbiz. "Billy Connolly has brought laughter and pleasure to people around the world and has been a great ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland, of course it is something that should be considered", she said. The full context of his words were "I'm 75, I'm near the end". I'm a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning. It's an adventure, and it's quite interesting to see myself slipping away.

"Sorry if I depressed ya - maybe I should've phrased it better, " he says, as his wife chuckles behind the camera.

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He added: "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 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.

Funnyman Sir Bill Connolly has apologised to anyone who may have been upset at the news of what was thought to be his imminent death.

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