Billy Connolly vowed to be a 'nuisance' in old age and work up until his death before double health blow

Billy Connolly vowed to be a 'nuisance' in old age and work up until his death before double health blow

January 4, 2019

The poignant comments have resurfaced after the Scottish funnyman, 76, revealed his "life is slipping away" as he battles Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer.

Billy has "cut back" on all his work commitments since his Parkinson's got worse and can no longer do his energetic stand-up tours.

Tonight viewers will witness the comedy legend ask for filming to be stopped as he is overwhelmed with pain in the second part of his BBC documentary series Made In Scotland.

Billy was dealt a devastating blow when he was diagnosed with both prostate cancer and Parkinson's on the same day in 2013.

Before the diagnosis, he wrote on his blog a decade ago: "I hope to grow old disgracefully. I'd like to be a complete nuisance, like Spike Milligan.

"Spike's a great great hero of mine, I'd like to shout at church, 'Rubbish! Explain!'.

He continued: "I'd like to be in a public gallery of Parliament shouting, 'Tosh! Get a job!'. I really would. I'd like to go and show up those Scottish parliament types.

"I like to scream at Nationalists whenever I can, I have a loathing of nationalists and patriots."
He added: "I always saw myself working until I was old. Maybe it was a naive way to look at it but I always thought it would be a long career."

He explained that he couldn't retire because: "I spend an awful lot of money living this funny lifestyle".

In a clip for his documentary filmed last year, Billy said: “There is no denying it, I am 75, I have got Parkinson’s and I am at the wrong end of the telescope of life. I am at the point where the yesteryears mean more than the yesterdays.

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