Billy Connolly: ‘Not dying, not slipping away. Maybe I should have phrased it better’

The comedian said he felt ‘near the end’ in TV programme about his health battles – but a tweet said ‘sorry if I depressed you’

Billy Connolly: spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease in BBC documentary. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Billy Connolly: spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease in BBC documentary. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

 

Comedian Billy Connolly has sent out a cheerful musical message assuring fans he is “not dead” following a programme documenting his battles with cancer and Parkinson’s.

He gave a frank update on his health troubles in Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland, and revealed on the BBC programme that his life was “slipping away”.

Sir Billy reviewed his life in comedy and said he felt “near the end”, although he insisted he was unafraid of what awaited him.

But in a less sombre message released online, the comedy hero and adept folk musician told fans he was very much alive.

While strumming his banjo in what appeared to be his new home state of Florida, the Glasgow-born comedian says: “Not dying, not dead, not slipping away. Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better.”

The musical update was posted on Twitter by Sir Billy’s wife, Pamela Stephenson. – PA