Comedian Billy Connolly Diagnosed With Early-Stage Cancer, Parkinson's Disease

6:29 AM PST 09/16/2013 by Hilary Lewis
Billy Connolly

He has undergone successful surgery and is receiving treatment, according to a statement on his website.

Comedian Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease, according to a statement posted on his website.

Connolly is set to star in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. He recently appeared in Quartet and lent his voice to Disney-Pixar's Brave.

He's famous in the U.K. for his stand-up comedy and initially achieved fame as a folk musician.

Connolly underwent minor surgery after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer and the operation was successful, the statement says.

He's also "receiving the appropriate treatment" for initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Connolly, who is set to start filming a TV series soon and launch a tour of New Zealand next year, "has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work," the statement says.

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