Billy Connolly has revealed that he thinks Robin Williams may have been trying to say goodbye to him during their last conversation.
Connolly and Williams had been close friends for decades, and in a revealing interview with the Daily Telegraph, the legendary Scots comedian told that the pair had longed talked about their Parkinson’s Disease, a diagnosis Williams had kept a secret from the public.
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“We used to talk about Parkinson’s a lot. He would call me and we would compare notes. His was early onset, the same as mine,” he said.
“Everybody worries about it. It’s like a mugger following you around.
“He was my pal. He was not always depressed. He was a complicated man, but a beautiful person. He was a joy.
“We told each other we loved each other. I told him and he told me many times.”
Asked whether he thought people may not have told him they loved him enough, he said: “I never stopped it and he never stopped telling me.
“As a matter of fact, I thought afterwards he tried to say goodbye to me, because he got very luvvie towards the end. It’s fanciful but that’s what I told myself.
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“On the last phone call he said, ‘I love you like a brother’ and I said, ‘I know you do’ and he said, ‘Are you sure you know?’ and I said, ‘Yes’. Robin worried about everything.”
Earlier this month, Connolly told the Daily Mail: “He was a joy to be around, let me tell you. In all the years I knew him I never got tired of him. He was a one-off, so warm, so human. In my quieter moments I do sometimes think I could have done more [to help him].
“It’s a lonely life, showbusiness. You spend a lot of time on your own, and if you dwell on these things you can hurt yourself, as Robin proved.”
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