Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has had surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the ‘‘initial symptoms’’ of Parkinson’s Disease, his spokeswoman says.
According to a statement on his website, the 70-year-old star will go ahead with his New Zealand tour next year.
‘‘Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer,’’ the statement said.
‘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.’’
He is married to New Zealand-born, Australian clinical psychologist and writer Pamela Stephenson
- Fairfax Media