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Connolly: Williams tried to say bye

Billy Connolly has revealed that Robin Williams got very emotional before his death.

The Scottish funnyman admitted that the long-time friends "got very luvvie" during their last phone conversation.

" We told each other we loved each other. I told him and he told me many times," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"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."

He continued: "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."

Robin was found hanged at his home in Tiburon in August, in an apparent suicide.

Billy also revealed how they often discussed Robin's diagnosis with early Parkinson's disease, which he had kept secret from the public, and he would share his own experiences.

"We used to talk about Parkinson's a lot. He would call me and we would compare notes," he said. "His was early onset, the same as mine. Everybody worries about it. It's like a mugger following you around."

Billy added: "He was my pal. He was not always depressed. He was a complicated man, but a beautiful person. He was a joy."

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