Billy Connolly Given All-Clear From Cancer
Comic and actor Billy Connolly has confirmed he has been given the all-clear from cancer, and is "okay".
The star revealed last month he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer, and was also being treated for the "initial symptoms" of Parkinson's disease.
But after an operation in America for his cancer, the 70-year-old told Sky Sports News he had now made a full recovery.
He said: "My health, I got the clearance on Wednesday for my cancer, so I am okay."
Connolly, who rose to fame on the Scottish folk music scene, will continue to work in TV and on stage.
Affectionately known as the Big Yin, the Glaswegian began his working life in the Clyde shipyards, but soon moved into entertainment with folk singing and comedy performances.
A string of appearances on Michael Parkinson's chatshow made him a household name and helped launch a career that saw him perform sell-out stand-up shows around the world, present a series of documentaries and become an in-demand character actor.
He is married to New Zealand-born actress and psychologist Pamela Stephenson, whose biography of her husband, simply called Billy, was a huge bestseller.
He is one of around 127,000 Britons with Parkinson's disease, which is caused by a loss of brain cells that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine.
Symptoms differ from case to case, but often include a tremor or fine shake while the person is at rest, rigidity of muscles, slowness of movement and unsteady balance.
Other possible symptoms can include memory loss. Earlier this year, Connolly admitted he had started to forget his lines during performances.
He said at the time: "This is ******* terrifying. I feel like I'm going out of my mind."
Connolly was made a CBE in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours and awarded the freedom of his home city in 2010.