"He Told Me He Loved Me - He Was Saying Goodbye" Billy Connolly on The Death of Robin Williams
Scottish actor and comedian, Billy Connolly, has spoken out about the loss of his close friend Robin Williams last month.
The 71-year-old revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, deafness and prostate cancer all in the space of one week. Then, the news broke of the death of his good friend Williams.
The duo first met over 30 years ago and quickly became friends. Williams later turned to Connolly for help and advise after he too was diagnosed with Parkinson’s shortly before his death.
“He was diagnosed after me and he was on the phone a lot asking me about it,” the comedian explained in a recent interview, adding that he had tried to give his friend advice on how to handle the side effects that go hand-in-hand with the disease.
Robin then rang Billy to thank him for his help just days before he took his own life.
"As a matter of fact, I thought afterwards he tried to say goodbye to me, because he got very luvvie towards the end. It’s fanciful, but that’s what I told myself.
“During the call, he kept telling me he loved me like a brother. I said ‘I know’. But he kept repeating it saying ‘Are you sure you know?’ and I said 'Yes’.
“After his death I thought, ‘Oh my God, he was saying goodbye.’"
The two actors were long-time friends. (Pics Reuters).
Connolly explained he was abroad when the news broke of his friend's death and added that it still hasn't sunk in.
“He was my pal. He was not always depressed. He was a complicated man, but a beautiful person. He was a joy."
Connolly is starring in the upcoming movie, What We Did on Our Holiday.
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