Billy Connolly and Robin Williams “were both angry” at diagnosis

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Author: Geoffrey ChangPublished: 9 September 2015

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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has revealed how he and his friend, the late Robin Williams, both struggled to deal with diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

“We were both angry about things,” Billy, 72, said in an interview on Canadian radio promoting his upcoming tour. “For instance the guy who gave me the final diagnosis that I had Parkinson’s said it was incurable.

“Now I think that is terrible; he should have said we have yet to find a cure… Leave me a little light on in the corner for Christ’s sake.”

Connolly admitted that the disease is a constant reminder of his friend Williams, who had the same condition before committing suicide. He said: “It depressed me terribly. You don’t find a way out of it. You find a place to put it where you can access when you want it. Like your mother or father’s death you never get over it, you just find a place to put it.

Diagnosed in 2012, the Scotsman recently spoke about the condition preventing him from playing the banjo due to uncontrollable tremors. However, he doesn’t dwell on the symptoms now and tries to look on the bright side.

“I am doing well as can be expected. Some people get grim, but I do not,” he added. “You cannot sit at home wondering about your symptoms. It is not going to go away.

“Funny doesn’t go away it just changes slightly, maybe some people get grim but I don’t. I think it is an attitude – you say screw it, let’s get on with it.

“It has never crossed my mind that I am gonna die. What is dying anyway? It is just a light going out?”

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