Gozo’s funniest – and possibly most famous – resident, Sir Billy Connolly, has opened up about being on death’s door, and how he is handling and accepting his losing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
“My life is slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I’m 75 and 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’s quite interesting to see myself slipping away, as bits slip off and leave me, talents leave and attributes leave,” he said in a recent BBC2 documentary.
“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 at the shadowy side of the hill doing the next episode in the spirit world,” he continued.
Pictured: Sir Billy Connolly
The Scottish comedian and folk singer said he didn’t fear death
The Boondocks Saints star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012, shortly after undergoing minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer.
However, after the successful operation was completed, he began to receive treatment for Parkinson’s disease after initial symptoms of the condition were noticed.
His latest reflective comments on the end of the funnyman’s life are part of a new BBC2 documentary called Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland. In it, he says he has found himself “at the wrong end of the telescope of life”.
Featured above: A recent interview with Sir Billy Connolly
The knighted comedian moved to Gozo after being advised to seek an easier life in light of his diagnosis
“I took advice to scale back and enjoy the simple life when I’m not working. Gozo is a wee island off Malta and it’s quiet. I sail my boat, read books, smoke cigars,” he said.