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Connolly vows to keep performing

Billy Connolly has vowed to carry on performing after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

The 70-year-old stand-up comedian and actor - who was recently given the all-clear from prostate cancer - has been suffering memory problems but told Ireland's TV Now magazine he is thinking of doing a stand-up tour next year.

Billy said: "I'm starting to have problems with remembering things but who doesn't when they get to my age. You definitely can't refer to me as a spring chick any more.

"I get blanks all the time now, the curtains fall down in front of your eyes so you just keep talking till you remember your material that you were going to say.

"When you're nervous, you forget everything you were supposed to do and you just think, 'What am I going to say to these people?'

"And when you go out, you become the other guy. Sometimes you get blanks, just like jetlag. I'm not getting any younger.

"It's something that comes with age. I've had a pretty good run of it, to get to me 70s and still be standing upright is half the battle. You just take it all as it comes, don't you?"

There is no cure for Parkinson's but symptoms can be controlled with treatment.

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