Scottish entertainer Billy Connolly undergoes treatment for cancer

Sept. 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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LONDON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Billy Connolly's publicist says the Scottish comedian and actor has undergone surgery for prostate cancer, and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer," the 70-year-old entertainer's spokeswoman told the BBC Monday.

"The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered," his representative said. "In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."

The publicist said Connolly plans to resume work as soon as possible.

"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," she said.

Connolly's film credits include "Brave," "Quartet," "Muppet Treasure Island," "The Boondock Saints" and "Mrs. Brown."

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