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Billy Connolly States His Life is “Slipping Away”

At the start of December, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from live comedy, now he has admitted his life is ‘slipping away’.
During the BBC documentary series Made In Scotland, Connolly discussed his Parkinson’s disease and admitted he is “near the end” and life is “slipping away”.
In the documentary the Scottish comedians looks back on his life and his career. He insists that he is not afraid of death.

According to the London Mirror, he will say in the programme: “My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I’m 75, I’m near the end. 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 is quite interesting to see myself slipping away.

“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 hear the way I used to hear, I can’t see as good as I used to. I can’t remember the way I used to remember.

“And they all came one at a time and they just slipped away, thank you. It is like somebody is in charge of you and they are saying: ‘Right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, now it is time to subtract.”

The documentary will air on Friday.

Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 and at the start of December he announced he was retiring from live performance due to the disease.

Fear not though, since these comments were released a lot of people were upset. Connolly however, apologised to his fans for being ‘depressing’ and reassured everyone that he’s not dying yet.

He released the below video on his wife Pamela’s twitter saying “Not dying, not dead, not slipping away,” while playing the banjo. “Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better.”

Speaking about Parkinson’s, he said: “It takes a certain calm to deal with, and I sometimes don’t have it. I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn’t last long, I just collapse in laughter.”

While the funny man is in the headlines a petition has also been launched for Glasgow airport to be named after the man himself.

The petition was launched on change.org  this morning and has already received over 250 signatures. The post states:

“Glasgow Airport should be named after Sir Billy Connolly. For anyone reading this there should be no need for an explanation. Liverpool John Lennon, George Best Belfast City etc etc. Glasgow’s greatest son who is suffering medically should be honoured before it’s too late for him to recognise and remember how proud our city is of him and how much we are proud that the city of Glasgow is known throughout the world because of his first class work by means of comedy and numerous movie castings. All time Scottish legend who deserves to be recognised and lets face it who wouldn’t want to fly into ‘The Big Yin’ “

A spokesperson from Glasgow Airport said: “Sir Billy has been a true ambassador for the city throughout his illustrious career. We should not be surprised that people should call for the airport to be named in his honour.”

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill said the idea should be considered. “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.



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