It has been revealed today (September 16) that comedian and actor Billy Connolly has undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is also being treated for the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The 70-year-old, who is known for his role in Brave, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and will take part in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again as Dain Ironfoot, will continue to work in television and on stage in the future. This includes his “extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year.”
A spokesperson for Connolly quoted in The Independent said,” Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer. The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered. In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment.”
Connolly previously joked about having a prostate exam, saying, ”Your prostate lives up the back there. It’s a round thing kind of like a doughnut and it’s [the doctor’s] job to make sure it hasn’t become a bagel yet.”
The Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, Steve Ford said, “Put simply Billy Connolly is a much loved comedy legend and we are sorry to hear that he is being treated for the early symptoms of Parkinson’s. One person every hour will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the UK, despite this it remains a little understood condition and we salute Billy’s bravery in speaking out about his condition at this difficult time.”
Connolly is married to his former Not The Nine O’Clock News co-star Pamela Stephenson, and the pair have three children. He also has two children from his previous marriage to Iris Pressagh.
We at PopWrapped wish him a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him and his family.