Billy Connolly Opens Up About Last Conversation With Robin Williams
Billy Connolly, a close friend of the late Robin Williams, recently opened up about his last conversation with the comic legend.
Billy Connolly's Last Chat With Robin Williams
Connolly met Williams roughly 30 years ago when they were both performing on a Canadian talk show, and the pair became fast friends, with the latter frequently visiting the former’s home in Scotland. The two, who’d long bonded over their shared love of comedy, recently found a new thing they had in common – Parkinson’s disease.
“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,” Connolly told The Telegraph. “Everybody worries about it. It’s like a mugger following you around.”
Connolly, who calls Williams a “complicated man, but a beautiful person,” would often exchange “I love you’s” during conversations with one another. The last time, however, Connolly believes that Williams became extra “luvvie” with him before he was to take his life.
“We told each other we loved each other. I told him and he told me many times,” Connolly revealed. “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. 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’.”
Williams died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide by hanging after years of battling addictions and depression, and after recently finding out that he had Parkinson’s.
“He is a stunning guy… You notice I don’t speak about him in the past tense?” Connolly told the U.K. Mirror. “It’s still not sunk in, I keep expecting him to walk in.”