Billy Connolly: Parkinson's disease first spotted by fan

Billy Connolly's Parkinson's disease was first spotted by one of his fans, the comedian has revealed.

Connolly said he was approached by a man in a hotel who had noticed that the way he was walking showed signs of the disease.

"He said 'Billy, I'm a big fan, and I don't want to depress you, but I'm a surgeon and your gait would suggest you have early onset Parkinson's - and he was right.', Connolly says on the ITV documentary Billy Connolly's Big Send Off, which will be broadcast on 7 May at 9pm.

Connolly said he "wasn't unduly worried" when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer on the same day as learning he had Parkinson's.

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Billy Connolly reveals cancer and Parkinson's diagnosis

Billy Connolly has revealed how he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease on the same day. Speaking on the ITV documentary Billy Connolly's Big Send Off, the 71-year-old recalled the "funny week" in which he received the news.