Comedian Billy Connolly has revealed that Robin Williams tried to say goodbye to him as they ended their last ever conversation.
Connolly and Williams had been very close friends for a number of years, and during an interview with the Daily Telegraph the legendary comedian candidly commented that the duo had even discussed their Parkinson’s Disease, even though the Jumanji star hadn’t revealed his diagnosis to the public.
“We used to talk about Parkinson’s a lot. He would call me and we would compare notes. He was early onset, the same as mine. Everybody worries about it. It’s like a mugger following you around.”
Connolly then went on to declare that he will always remember Williams in a fond light, and he won’t let the circumstances of his death cloud his view of him.
“He was my pal. He was not always depressed. He was a complicated man, but a beautiful person. He was a joy. We told each other we loved each other. I told him and he told me many times.”
The 71-year-old, who turns 72 in November, was then asked if he thought people had told Williams enough that they loved him, to which he responded, “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 then opened up even further about this potential farewell, explaining: “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.”
Connolly, whose new movie, What We Did On Our Holiday, is released in the UK later this week, previously discussed his relationship with Williams to the Daily Mail last month. “He was a joy to be around, let me tell you,” he enthused. “In all the years I knew him I never got tired of him. He was a one-off, so warm, so human. In my quieter moments I do sometimes think I could have done more [to help him].”
The Hobbit star even had a theory for why he had committed suicide, opining, “It’s a lonely life, show business. You spend a lot of time on your own, and if you dwell on these things you can hurt yourself, as Robin proved.”
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