Comedian Billy Connolly revealed in 2013 that he was being treated for initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Now, new updates confirm he is struggling to recognise his close friends.
UK television star Michael Parkinson, a close friend of Connolly, revealed the news on British talk show Saturday Morning with James Martin.
“The sadness of Billy now is that wonderful brain is dulled,” he began.
“I saw him recently, he’s now living in America, and it was very sad because I was presenting him with a prize at an award ceremony.
“We had an awkward dinner together because I wasn’t quite sure if he knew who I was or not.
“But we were walking out after the presentation to go down and have our picture taken and he turned to me and put his hands on my shoulders.
“He said to me, ‘How long have we known each other?'
“To know someone as long as I knew and loved Billy, it was an awful thing to contemplate, that that had been taken from him.
“He was just a genius and the best thing that happened to me on the show.”
Last year, 75-year-old Connelly was knighted for his “services to Entertainment and charity” after an extensive career spanning multiple fields like standup, music, presenting, acting and writing.