COMEDIAN Billy Connolly has had surgery for prostate cancer and has been diagnosed with the initial stages of Parkinson’s disease.
“The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered,” his spokeswoman said.
“Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer,” his spokeswoman said.
“In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment.”
She added the star would continue to work throughout his treatment.
“Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year,” she said.
Earlier this year when he performed at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, the comedian revealed that he was using notes for the first time to help remember his gags on stage.
The 70-year-old began working as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards but quit in the late 1960s to become a folk singer before turning to stand-up.
He has also starred in films including the Oscar-nominated Mrs Brown.