Bill Cosby is “completely blind” and living “in his own personal hell,” according to an unnamed source who granted an interview with Page Six’s Emily Smith. Although the comedian’s failing health was not confirmed by his family, the source, who is reportedly “well-placed” within the comedian’s inner circle, said Cosby’s illness is debilitating and has confined him to his Pennsylvania home.
During the interview, the source explained Bill Cosby is blind due to a degenerative eye disease. The unnamed source also confirmed the actor has little personal support, as his “friends have turned their backs on him.”
“He is confined to his house in Pennsylvania, and the only person on his side is his wife… His only friends are the small army of lawyers on his payroll.”
The source also said Cosby is essentially living “in his own personal hell.”
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby always enjoyed making people laugh. Unfortunately, although he had a high IQ and attended a school for gifted students, he never excelled academically.
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Although his grades were subpar, Cosby did demonstrate a talent for sports, including football and track and field events. However, he dropped out of high school when he realized he did not earn enough credits to graduate with the rest of his class.
Without a high school diploma, Bill Cosby was unable to secure gainful employment. Instead, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 19.
In addition to serving as a medical aide, Cosby joined the Navy’s track team and excelled at several events including the high jump. While enlisted, he also attended classes and earned a high school equivalency diploma.
Following his stint with the Navy, Bill Cosby attended Temple University on a track and field scholarship. However, as he began to make a name for himself as a stand-up comedian, Bill eventually dropped out of college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
While touring the country, Cosby was invited to appear on The Tonight Show. His appearance on the popular late-night talk show led to a recording contract, and the release of several comedy albums including Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow… Right! and I Started Out as a Child.
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As reported by Biography, Bill Cosby made his television debut in 1965 with a starring role in the sitcom I Spy. Throughout the late 1960s and the 1970s he also appeared in The Cosby Show, The Electric Company, and the popular animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which he wrote.
Cosby also appeared in several films during the same decade, including A Piece of the Action and Uptown Saturday Night. However, the actor and comedian is best known for his role in The Cosby Show.
The Cosby Show, which ran for eight seasons between 1984 and 1992, starred Bill Cosby as the patriarch of an affluent African American family. In addition to being one of the first successful television programs featuring a black family, the sitcom earned Cosby a reputation as a kind and thoughtful family man.
However, in recent years, Bill Cosby’s reputation was significantly tarnished amid accusations of sexual misconduct and rape.
Over the last two years, dozens of women have come forward to claim they were drugged and sexually abused by the iconic actor and comedian. Although he has vehemently denied the accusations, Bill Cosby has faced numerous lawsuits and ongoing scrutiny from his current and former fans.
Amid the controversy, Cosby’s attorney, Monique Pressley, described her client as a “78-year-old blind man” who was falsely accused. However, the extent of the actor’s illness was not fully revealed until this week.
According to reports, Bill Cosby is now blind due to a degenerative eye disease called keratoconus. The disease, for which there is no cure, causes the cornea to become cone-shaped. Although the initial symptoms include visual distortion, the disease ultimately leads to blindness.
Bill Cosby has not confirmed he is blind. However, the source said the 79-year-old comedian is now confined to his home as he deals with the devastating disease.