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Connolly: 'not long left'

Billy Connolly insists he hasn't "got that long" left to live.

The 78-year-old comedian - who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 - admitted he has been thinking about his mortality since his birthday last month, but the idea of death no longer scares him.

"I think about death quite a lot now that I am 78. I don't think I've got that long...," he told Britain's The Times newspaper. "There's a thing that they teach in Buddhism when you see a dead animal in the street - a pigeon, a little bird or a rabbit. You say to yourself, 'That is the way of all life and that is the way it will be for me.' And it makes you lose your fear of death."

Billy insisted he has no time for "nonsense" about reincarnation or realms of angels.

"I think you go to the same place you were before you were born. Nowhere," he added. "You die. It's over. You should have done it when you were alive. Get on with it."

To try and ease his Parkinson's symptoms, Mrs Brown star Billy takes seven different prescription pills and practises meditation every day.

"They keep me steady. I seem to be on the medium to mild side. Take a walk on the mild side," he explained, before admitting he has tried alternative therapies, including cannabis, but felt they weren't right for him.

"I get bombed out of my head. And I don't like it. My daughter bought me cigarettes with CBD. It helped a little, but not enough to write home about," he said.



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