Billy Connolly says he's 'started to drool' in Parkinson's disease update

Grand Marshal Billy Connolly during the New York City Tartan Day Parades, in New York, on April 6, 2019. (Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Grand Marshal Billy Connolly during the New York City Tartan Day Parades, in New York, on April 6, 2019. (Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Comedian Sir Billy Connolly has revealed that he has now started to drool as a result of his Parkinson's disease.

The 76-year-old, who was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition in 2013, shared the update on his health with Chris Evans on the DJ's Virgin Radio Breakfast Show with Sky.

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He said: "I've stopped performing because of my Parkinson's disease and I've stopped touring. I may perform at some other point but I have no plans to. And I'm quite happy taking my medicine and getting along with it.

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"I've started to drool which is a new one on me. This disease it gives you a new thing every now and again that you have to deal with and drooling is my latest.

"I walk unsteadily and my hearing is going and it's bizarre that bits of me are fallen off but it's interesting."

Sir Billy Connolly poses with his wife Pamela Stephenson, after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Sir Billy Connolly poses with his wife Pamela Stephenson, after being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The father-of-five told Evans he wasn't frightened of the future, partly due to the support from his wife of 30 years, Pamela Stephenson.

"I find [the future] interesting and people are good to me, my wife is good to me. She makes me breakfast every day and does my pillows at night. Life is good," Connolly said.

Earlier this month, Connolly revealed he and Stephenson now share separate beds due to the affects of the disease.

“I sleep like a wild animal. Laughing and singing or having fights. Pamela has to sleep in another bed,” he told The Observer.

Billy Connolly seen arriving for the BAFTA Film Awards After Party at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Billy Connolly seen arriving for the BAFTA Film Awards After Party at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Connolly retired from stand-up in 2018, announcing last December that he would no longer be touring.

Last year, after sharing a dinner with Connolly, Sir Michael Parkinson suggested the Scotsman was no longer capable of recognising him.

However, the funnyman dismissed the claims as he retorted: "I would recognise Parky if he was standing behind me - in a diving suit."

Stephenson also chimed in to call Parkinson a "daft old fart".

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