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Billy Connolly, 70, recently underwent surgery to treat his prostate cancer. In addition, the comedian and actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer,” his representative tells BBC. “In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment.”

The Scot doesn’t plan to let these illnesses affect his work plans. His spokeswoman says he will continue to move forward with his career as normal.

“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,” the rep says.

Connolly’s recent projects include playing the voice of Fergus in Pixar’s “Brave” and the character Wilf Bond in the Dustin Hoffman-directed film “Quartet.” Up next, he stars as the dwarf Dain Ironfoot in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz