COMEDIAN Billy Connolly has apologised if he depressed anyone with his sombre comments on TV recently.
In the second part of a BBC documentary aired on Friday about living with Parkinson’s disease, the 76-year-old said he was ‘near the end’.
“My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it… I’m near the end,” he said on the programme, Made In Scotland.
Connolly has seen his physical and mental health decline since being diagnosed with the degenerative disorder in 2013.
— Pamela Stephenson (@PamelaStephensn) January 5, 2019
However the Scotsman, who added that he wasn’t scared and viewed the experience as an adventure, was in more convivial mood today.
A video posted to Twitter by his wife Pamela Stephenson showed Connolly playing a banjo while basking in warm sunshine.
“Not dying, not dead, not slipping away,” said Connolly.
“Sorry if I depressed you, maybe I should have phrased it better.”
The video drew a warm response from fans and fellow entertainers, including Monty Python legend Eric Idle.
So great. Happy New Year.
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 5, 2019
Love this :) 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 .
— Christine OPrey (@adam_008) January 5, 2019
That made me smile. Good days are to be cherished
— Rory Cowan (@1rorycowan) January 5, 2019
— John McGowan (@johnamcgowan) January 5, 2019
A truly great man
— mark benton (@markbenton100) January 5, 2019
Love it. Billy is an inspiration for so many reasons and in so many ways. ❤
— Emma Hynes (@ELHynes) January 5, 2019
Praise the Lord! #KingBillyConnolly
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) January 5, 2019