Legendary stand-up comic and actor Billy Connolly has undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the “initial symptoms” of Parkinson’s Disease.
The 70-year-old star, who rose to fame on the Scottish folk music scene, will continue to work in TV and on stage.
His spokeswoman said:
“Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer. The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered.
“In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate 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.”
Connolly is currently working on the Hobbit films, and recently appeared as one of the vocal stars in the Disney-Pixar movie Brave.