Pamela Stephenson, wife of Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, has opened up about the performer’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Mr Connolly, 73, was first diagnosed with the condition in 2013, but has continued to work despite escalating symptoms.
In recent years, the comedian has also been faced with a prostate cancer scare, yet has bravely faced stage shows and tours – often with health-related jokes forming part of his act.
Wife and former comedienne-turned psychologist, Mrs Stephenson, said: “He was upset but after a while began to joke about it. He now talks about carrying an ‘invisible raincoat’ – referring to how his arm goes into a crooked position as if he is carrying a garment.
“All in all, we are enormously blessed because Billy is actually doing really well.
“There is no doubt he has been shaken psychologically by the idea of having a creeping disease for which there is no cure. But physically we have seen very little change.
“He trains hard in the gym, continues to tour, to do movies and TV series and is, frankly, as funny as he’s ever been.”